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Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Selkie1993 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:07 am

Hey guys,

So Drogon has been a little hyper, so Ill let him out to diffuse his energy. From what I’ve read, dragons like to climb which is why they surf the walls. However, when Drogon is running around, sometimes he just runs right into a wall!

Is something wrong or do they have a blind spot when looking forward?

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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Aaradimian » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:07 am

I believe they have poor depth perception as a result of having eyes on the sides of their head (monocular vision).
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Selkie1993 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:08 am

Aaradimian wrote:I believe they have poor depth perception as a result of having eyes on the sides of their head (monocular vision).



I hope thats the problem! Poor baby looks so stunned when he bumps a wall :)
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:29 am

What color is the wall? IME, their eyesight is pretty good, especially when it comes to motion.
Stationary objects that may look like open space... :dontknow:
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Selkie1993 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:56 pm

MrSpectrum wrote:What color is the wall? IME, their eyesight is pretty good, especially when it comes to motion.
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It’s a white wall. Maybe hes just confused? I just want to make sure that this isnt a sign something is wrong
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:03 am

Selkie1993 wrote:It’s a white wall. Maybe hes just confused? I just want to make sure that this isnt a sign something is wrong

That's why I asked about the color. I painted the ceiling & top walls of my enclosure sky-blue. For a while, I was concerned my BD might confuse that with actual sky, until it also occurred to me that--bred in captivity--he'd never seen actual sky. My guy did run into his walls a few times (they're unstained birch) so I think it's likely similar could happen with any expanse of a homogeneous neutral color. IOW, I think you're correct--confusion. :wink:

A sign something is wrong? I don't think so; it's a common question/observation/phenomenon. A better indicator of something wrong (IMO) is stress indicators--stress marks on the underside*; black-bearding or glass-surfing for no other, explicable reason; changes in appetite/defecation, etc.
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*which in some instances don't go away even though there is no (longer any) stress impetus.
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:16 am

Aaradimian wrote:I believe they have poor depth perception as a result of having eyes on the sides of their head (monocular vision).

Same thing happens to my dragon. I let her on the ground and she scuttles away to a wall and then rams into it. But not very hard just like a tap. Also this is why you don't want them to jump far because they have poor depth perception, they think it's close when it is not and so they fall.
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Selkie1993 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:34 am

MrSpectrum wrote:
Selkie1993 wrote:It’s a white wall. Maybe hes just confused? I just want to make sure that this isnt a sign something is wrong

That's why I asked about the color. I painted the ceiling & top walls of my enclosure sky-blue. For a while, I was concerned my BD might confuse that with actual sky, until it also occurred to me that--bred in captivity--he'd never seen actual sky. My guy did run into his walls a few times (they're unstained birch) so I think it's likely similar could happen with any expanse of a homogeneous neutral color. IOW, I think you're correct--confusion. :wink:

A sign something is wrong? I don't think so; it's a common question/observation/phenomenon. A better indicator of something wrong (IMO) is stress indicators--stress marks on the underside*; black-bearding or glass-surfing for no other, explicable reason; changes in appetite/defecation, etc.
bearded dragon stress symptoms

*which in some instances don't go away even though there is no (longer any) stress impetus.




Its funny that you mention that :) After breakfast, I go upstairs to work and Ill come back down half an hour later to check on him and he wants to come out! Scratching at the glass and running around. All his environmental parameters are the same, but he discovered a new hobby: looking out the window ! Lol!
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Selkie1993 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:35 am

BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
Aaradimian wrote:I believe they have poor depth perception as a result of having eyes on the sides of their head (monocular vision).

Same thing happens to my dragon. I let her on the ground and she scuttles away to a wall and then rams into it. But not very hard just like a tap. Also this is why you don't want them to jump far because they have poor depth perception, they think it's close when it is not and so they fall.



Yes, Ive noticed Drogon thinks he has wings -_- Sometimes hes about to suicide leap of furniture and i have to catch him. Although hes learned how to shimmy down the couch, which is really funny to watch xD
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:04 am

BeardedDragonSteve wrote:Same thing happens to my dragon. I let her on the ground and she scuttles away to a wall and then rams into it. But not very hard just like a tap.

Is your dragon from Wakanda? (Thinking the wall is a holographic force field?) :lol:

Also this is why you don't want them to jump far because they have poor depth perception, they think it's close when it is not and so they fall.

Oh, mine doesn't fall--he definitely jumps/leaps--especially if/when there's a bowl of bugz at the bottom. No thought to personal safety--gotta get dem bugz! :lol:
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby Selkie1993 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:20 am

MrSpectrum wrote:
BeardedDragonSteve wrote:Same thing happens to my dragon. I let her on the ground and she scuttles away to a wall and then rams into it. But not very hard just like a tap.

Is your dragon from Wakanda? (Thinking the wall is a holographic force field?) :lol:

Also this is why you don't want them to jump far because they have poor depth perception, they think it's close when it is not and so they fall.

Oh, mine doesn't fall--he definitely jumps/leaps--especially if/when there's a bowl of bugz at the bottom. No thought to personal safety--gotta get dem bugz! :lol:


Sometimes I think they just like to jump around! Maybe it's fun for them to risk life and limb and scare their owners to death xD
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Re: Dragon Running Into Wall?

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:56 pm

Selkie1993 wrote:Sometimes I think they just like to jump around! Maybe it's fun for them to risk life and limb and scare their owners to death xD

Personally, I think when they want to "stick it" to us, they say it with poop. Do it in the hardest to clean spot in the entire enclosure, run through it and spread the joy... that kind of thing. (I'm kidding, of course. :wink: )

In nature, it would be fight or flight, and due to their size & inadequate defenses, it's usually flight, which often isn't particular about looking before they leap. (Sorry about the cliches, but this is where they come from. :wink: )
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