Can Bearded Dragons Swim?

The answer is yes, Bearded Dragons can swim, but it’s crucial to ensure they’re doing so safely.

I’m going to break down the safe methods for Bearded Dragons swimming including;

  • Appropriate places for them to swim
  • How to keep them safe during swimming
  • Providing post-swim care

Do Bearded Dragons Like To Swim?

Bearded Dragons aren’t aquatic lizards, so whether they like swimming or not depends on their individual personalities.

Some Bearded Dragons enjoy swimming, while others don’t. It’s important to observe your pet’s behaviors and reactions to determine whether they’re comfortable in the water if they seem nervous or stressed, never force them to swim.

Common signs of a stressed beardie are;

  • Not basking 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Lethargy
  • Hissing 
  • Head bobbing 
  • Beard puffing
  • Stress marks

Safe Places To Swim

When allowing your Bearded Dragon to swim, it’s important to choose a safe location. There are lots of options to choose from when selecting a swimming pool for your beardie.

Ensure anything you decide to use is shallow, I recommend a maximum depth of 12”.

Using objects like;

  • Plastic tupperware
  • Sink
  • Bathtubs
  • Large bowls
  • Inflatable pools

These items are generally safe to use and most of these are household items you’ll likely already own. 

For health reasons, anything you use for a swimming pool make sure they’re only used for your Bearded Dragon, you could either make yourself ill with salmonella or you could harm your dragon with contaminants from cleaning products used.

How To Keep Your Bearded Dragon Safe

Water Temperature

Bearded Dragons are cold-blooded, it’s paramount they’re not exposed to cold temperatures. When preparing the water for your beardie, keep the temperature between 90°F-100°.

Chemical Free Water

Never use chlorinated or water with chemicals in it. You’ll harm your dragon’s health causing eye infections and respiratory complications.

I recommend using tap water or filtered water to keep it as safe as possible for your beardie to swim in.

Never Leave Them Unattended

Although Bearded Dragons are quite good swimmers, they should never be left alone. If your beardie inhales water they could drown or suffer from respiratory infections.

If your beardie has inhaled water, you should seek the advice of a veterinary professional immediately.

Provide Rest Spots

Having shallow water and objects such as logs or rocks for them to lie on will provide them time to relax and catch their breath whilst swimming.

Post Swim Care

Warm Them Up

Once your beardie is finished swimming;

  • Wrap them in a warm towel and dab them dry. It is best not to rub them with a towel.
  • Place them in their tank, under the basking bulb so they’re able to regulate their temperature.
  • Try not to use water-absorbent substrates like paper towels.


In conclusion, Bearded Dragons can swim, but it’s essential to ensure they’re doing so safely. 

  • Observe your beardies behavior 
  • Choose a safe location
  • Provide post-swim care 
  • Never force your pet to swim

Swimming can be a fun activity for you and your dragon as long as it’s done safely.