Misting Bearded Dragons: A Guide to Health and Hydration

Misting is a tactic reptile owners use to mimic rainwater, the benefits of misting are it provides hydration for your Bearded Dragon and helps the shedding process.

In this article, we’ll explore the basics of misting, including;

  • What it is
  • Why it is important
  • How to mist your Bearded Dragon 
  • How often to mist
  • Why all Bearded Dragons are different

Whether you’re a new or experienced Bearded Dragon owner, this article will provide valuable information on this important aspect of care.

What Is Misting?

Misting is when you spray water droplets on your Bearded Dragon with a spray bottle. We mist our beardies because they’re mostly lazy drinkers and we need to provide them with hydration for their health.

Why Mist Bearded Dragons?

Hydration

An important reason to mist your Bearded Dragon is to keep them hydrated. As I touched on earlier, beardies rarely drink the amount of water they need.

We can keep them hydrated by misting their heads, the water droplets will run down their face which they’ll lick up.

Another method we can use is to mist their food. This is simple but effective, all you’ll need to do is spray the fruit and vegetables with water before placing them in your beardies habitat.

Pro Tip: Keep an eye on the fruit and vegetables as they’ll likely dry up if your beardie doesn’t eat them straight away.

Shedding

Another important reason to mist is to help them with the shedding process. Spraying the peeling parts of the skin softens the area.

Providing regular misting sessions with your Bearded Dragon will keep the skin soft and predominantly stop the difficulty in shedding from occurring.

For more information on how to help your Bearded Dragon shed, take a look at my in-depth article.

How To Mist Bearded Dragons

Step 1: Spray Bottle

You don’t need fancy equipment when it comes to misting, all you’ll need is a clean and chemical free spray bottle.

I recommend purchasing a fresh bottle instead of repurposing one at home because the chemicals or toxins used in the previous liquid could harm your Bearded Dragon.

Step 2: Fill The Bottle With Warm Water

Bearded Dragons are ectotherms, which means they can’t regulate their body temperature, and because of this, you should never use cold water when misting. This will shock your beardies body and potentially cause illness. The temperature of the water needs to be between 90°F-100°F.

I also recommend using bottled or purified water when misting instead of tap water to avoid potential chemicals or toxins causing irritation to the skin.

Step 3: Check the Spray Settings

You’ll want the water to come out as a fine spray, anything stronger will not only annoy your beardie but they could accidentally inhale the water which will damage the lungs.

Step 4: When To Mist

You should mist your Bearded Dragon to a schedule suiting you both, for example, you’ll want to avoid misting in the morning and after meal times as this will be when your Bearded Dragon will want to bask and digest their food.

By observing your beardies habits you’ll be able to identify the best time to mist. I recommend misting once your beardie has moved away from the basking spot after its digested its meal will be the ideal time to mist.

Step 5: Remove Your Bearded Dragon From The Tank

To avoid raising the humidity in your Bearded Dragon tank, you’ll want to remove them before starting the misting process. 

When approaching your beardie you’ll want to approach from the side or front, ensuring all four feet are supported at all times.

Step 6: Place In A Suitable Spot For Misting

You’ll want to use a space for misting your beardie is comfortable in, if you bathe your beardie or they like swimming I recommend using the same containers or basins for misting to avoid stressing your Bearded Dragon with new surroundings.

Step 7: Start Misting

The misting process when assisting with hydration;

  • Fill the spray bottle with temperature suitable water.
  • Spray water droplets over your Bearded Dragons head until water droplets form.
  • Wait for Bearded Dragon to lick up droplets.
  • Repeat the process until Bearded Dragon is no longer interested in licking the droplets.

The misting process when dealing with stuck shed;

  • Fill the spray bottle with temperature suitable water.
  • Focus spray on the dry and rough patches of skin.
  • Repeat until skin visibly softens.
  • Leave Bearded Dragon out of the tank for 10 minutes to allow the skin to soak.
  • Never pull the loose skin to avoid damaging the new skin underneath.

Pro Tip: Keep misting sessions short, 15 minutes is fine. This stops your beardie from getting too cold when away from its habitat,

Step 8: Return To Tank

Now you can return your Bearded Dragon to their tank.

How Often To Mist Bearded Dragons

The amount of misting you’ll need to do depends on your Bearded Dragons’ drinking habits. If they use their water bowl, then you’ll only need to mist once a week, the same as if you mist their food.

If your Bearded Dragon isn’t one to drink their water I recommend misting 2-3 times a week, if you’re assisting with a stuck shed, you can up the misting to 4-5 days of the week.

You can judge your own schedule over time to what quantity of misting your Bearded Dragon needs. 

Be mindful of signs of overhydration such as diarrhea, if your beardie starts suffering from this, lower the amount of misting you do a week.

Not All Bearded Dragons Like Misting

Not all Bearded Dragons will appreciate misting, and they won’t lick up any of the water you’re spraying. In this scenario, I recommend misting their food to ensure proper hydration. 

Whereas others will love the water, meaning maybe a bath is a better option and they’ll drink the water in the container they’re relaxing in.

Summary

Misting is an effective method to maintain hydration and provide assistance when difficulty in shedding occurs. The frequency of misting depends on the drinking habits of your beardie and can be judged and perfected over time.

Remember not all beardie will appreciate misting and is best to try different methods such as misting their food or giving them a bath to ensure they’re staying hydrated.