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My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby Astros5372 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:56 am

Hello there.

I am going to get straight to the point.
I got my bearded dragon about 4 weeks ago now. He is 5 months old and just finished shedding his body. Over the last few days I have noticed that he would constantly seem like he is breathing heavily. He is puffing his throat up before opening his mouth. I am conflicted in thinking this is either temperature, RI or Shedding his nose. Note that there is no sign of him shedding his nose like I have seen online and in books. He started shedding about 4 days ago. I am sending a video of his breathing incase I didn't explain something well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpxaBkSwOMc
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:51 am

Astros5372 wrote:Hello there.

I am going to get straight to the point.
I got my bearded dragon about 4 weeks ago now. He is 5 months old and just finished shedding his body. Over the last few days I have noticed that he would constantly seem like he is breathing heavily. He is puffing his throat up before opening his mouth. I am conflicted in thinking this is either temperature, RI or Shedding his nose. Note that there is no sign of him shedding his nose like I have seen online and in books. He started shedding about 4 days ago. I am sending a video of his breathing incase I didn't explain something well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpxaBkSwOMc

That's similar to what my bearded dragon is doing and I was just about to post about it.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby Aaradimian » Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:23 pm

I believe they sometimes "flex" to get shed to release. I wonder if that's what this is. Mine deep breathe and inflate like this from time to time for no apparent reason and they're healthy, so I wouldn't read too much into it unless it looks like they're doing it a lot or involuntarily, which might point to an RI.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby Linzloohoo » Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:28 pm

Did he just eat? Mine does this every time he eats. Honestly looks like he’s burping lol. He could also be stretching getting ready to shed.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:29 pm

My dragon does that as well. It's normal behavior and as mentioned earlier, I equate it to a burp.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby Astros5372 » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:43 am

CooperDragon wrote:My dragon does that as well. It's normal behavior and as mentioned earlier, I equate it to a burp.


Well if so he is still doing it. I have noticed he also rubs his face on his enclosure walls and hiding.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:19 am

Is he showing signs of a shed coming on along his face or beard? That may be causing him to rub his face to scratch it. Where is he hiding? Does he hide a lot? Does he act ill/lethargic? He looks alert in your video.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby DragonMamaOfMany » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:40 am

Personally I believe it’s a possible RI, if he/she is doing it day long I would get a vet appt to rule it out!
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:58 am

That is normal behavior ---my little guy and big guy do it in the mornings after waking up --- its called stretching his beard---- if hes rubbing his face on something in the tank like his log hes probably getting ready to start a shed or maybe even has shed on his face -- mine does that as well
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby ChaRbeardiE » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:11 pm

that's normal he's fine
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby Astros5372 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:38 pm

CooperDragon wrote:Is he showing signs of a shed coming on along his face or beard? That may be causing him to rub his face to scratch it. Where is he hiding? Does he hide a lot? Does he act ill/lethargic? He looks alert in your video.


I worded that wrongly, He is not hiding but rubbing his face off of his cave. He is still doing it over 12 days after his shed.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:27 am

Ah ok. Yeah that's typical if they are itchy. At that age they can have shed cycles one right after another sometimes so he may not be done with the shed yet.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby Astros5372 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:51 am

CooperDragon wrote:Ah ok. Yeah that's typical if they are itchy. At that age they can have shed cycles one right after another sometimes so he may not be done with the shed yet.


Don't know if this is true but, Maybe he is brumating at the moment and taking slower bigger breaths rather than breathing normally. I have read this online so take it as a grain of salt.
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Re: My Dragon Is Inflating His Throat.

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:00 pm

During brumation they get very sleepy but don't take longer breaths. He is much too small for brumation though. When they brumate they tend to eat less, maintain weight, and act groggy and sleep for extended periods (days to weeks at a time).
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