Beardie Randomly Bloated

amotoole

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Hi all,

I woke up today to my beardie looking very normal. About an hour later I found him basking and bloated, like he had air in his stomach. I (perhaps rightfully) freaked out a little and went to pick him up, upon which he immediately deflated his stomach as I took him out of his enclosure. I gave him some time to relax after putting him back in, after which he ate breakfast normally.

I did not have time to take pictures since he deflated so quickly. I am hoping this could just be him trying to soak up some extra sun rays- him being able to deflate himself is certainly boding well for things. What else could this be? Impaction? I am going to give him a bath later and see if he's bloated once I'm home in a few hours.
 

J4ckdaw-

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Leo
Hi all,

I woke up today to my beardie looking very normal. About an hour later I found him basking and bloated, like he had air in his stomach. I (perhaps rightfully) freaked out a little and went to pick him up, upon which he immediately deflated his stomach as I took him out of his enclosure. I gave him some time to relax after putting him back in, after which he ate breakfast normally.

I did not have time to take pictures since he deflated so quickly. I am hoping this could just be him trying to soak up some extra sun rays- him being able to deflate himself is certainly boding well for things. What else could this be? Impaction? I am going to give him a bath later and see if he's bloated once I'm home in a few hours.
Don’t worry. That’s totally normal behaviour. My guy does it all the time, I can’t give you the full scientific reason as I don’t know myself but don’t worry at all. Inflating is totally normal. Does it look like this?

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(Not a great pic, this is the only one I have of him inflating. He did it waaaay bigger one time but I didn’t take a picture).
 

amotoole

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Blueberry/Blue/Cosmic Annihilator
Don’t worry. That’s totally normal behaviour. My guy does it all the time, I can’t give you the full scientific reason as I don’t know myself but don’t worry at all. Inflating is totally normal. Does it look like this?

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(Not a great pic, this is the only one I have of him inflating. He did it waaaay bigger one time but I didn’t take a picture).
Yes! Exactly like that! Wow that's a really big relief. Your guy is so adorable by the way. Thank you so much!

My little man just loves giving me heart attacks lol.
 

J4ckdaw-

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Leo
Yes! Exactly like that! Wow that's a really big relief. Your guy is so adorable by the way. Thank you so much!

My little man just loves giving me heart attacks lol.
Lmao, most do! I know when I had my first beardie I would beg my parents (I was a child at the time) to go to the vet for the tiniest things (eye bulging, mid afternoon naps, etc…) but now that I have my third it comes easier although believe it or not this is my first male. It’s a learning experience.

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xp29

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In the wild they wedge themselves into cracks and crevices and then inflate themselves so predators can't easily pull them back out. In captivity i think they do it to stretch the skin or if they are feeling timid. One of my females does it every time i pick her up but she usually goes back to normal as soon as she is settled on me or her hammock.
 

Lyrebird.Rainwing

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