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I have a male bearded dragon whose is approximately a year & a half old. My concern is ATTITUDE these past 2 days. When I put his food in his tank & walk out of the room when I return he has thrown his food all over his tank. Totally thrashing his tank. He jumps (just a figure of speech)from on end to the next. He bangs his food dish up against the glass. Standing up against the glass hitting it with his hands.Bobbing up & down & back & forth. I've even caught his hanging from the screen on the top of the tank. He's even dug holes in his sand like a cat digging a potty hole. It's like he's always got an attitude (believe it or not). Is all this disbehavior a result of him telling me it time to mate or what? Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you, Tina. Oh, did I happen to mention that HE IS SPOILED ROTTEN!!!!

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Hi Tina,
My first thoughts is he is not happy with the size of his cage...Does he have a tank that is 40-60 gallons or larger?  If not, he may have decided it is time for a larger home.
It is time for brumation with the beardies.. some do brumate, others don't and he is at the age where he may brumate. (hibernation in a "milder" form)
He could have reached breeding season early in the season..
He may have just realized he can see his reflection in the glass and feels threatened or alpha, trying to chase away the "intruder" (if this is the case, covering the outside of the glass helps the reflection)
He may just want out of the tank..they glass dance to want out and get attention.
As you can see, there are several reasons he may be doing what he is doing...we need to try and figure out what they are trying to tell us.. basically a process of elimination and ya know, sometimes we may never figure it out..only the beardies know for sure!!!
Check all that I have mentioned... and go from there.
First off, I would try just giving him more out of the tank time and see if that works.. of course if the size of the tank is an issue, then that needs to be corrected asap.

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I am well versed in all aspects of the care and keeping of green iguanas, leopard geckos and bearded dragons. This includes all husbandry issues pertaining to the above species. I am not a vet so I cannot answer medical questions. I research other reptiles and am able to give general information on other species of lizards. I prefer not to answer snake questions as that I have not researched them enough.

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I own 3 green iguanas, two of which are rescues. I own two leopard geckos, both rescues. I've had my reptiles for 11 years. I spend many hours researching the care of my reptiles to keep up to date on all information pertaining to keeping reptiles that I have. I own a yahoo group dedicated to raising healthy iguanas.

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Scales and Tails Exotic Pet Rescue (one of the founding members)

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One of the Co Authors of the Book "The Iguana Dens Care and Keeping of Giant Green Iguanas"

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I was a Vet Tech for 6 years. Research, experience and learning from the experience of others that have raised reptiles for many years.

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