How to Cut Bearded Dragon Nails

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If you have a bearded dragon, you know that their nails can get pretty long if they’re not trimmed regularly. Here’s a quick guide on how to cut your bearded dragon’s nails safely and effectively.

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Bearded dragons are lizards that are native to Australia. They are popular pets because of their docile nature and ability to bond with their owners. These lizards can grow to be 2-3 feet long, and live for up to 15 years.

One important part of owning a bearded dragon is regularly trimming their nails. If left untrimmed, the nails can grow too long and cause the lizard discomfort when walking or climbing. In extreme cases, the nails can even curl under and puncture the lizard’s skin.

Nail trimming can be done at home with a sharp pair of scissors or clippers specifically designed for cutting reptile nails. It’s important to be careful not to cut too deeply, as this can cause bleeding and pain.

If you’re not comfortable trimming your bearded dragon’s nails yourself, you can take them to a vet or groomer who has experience with reptiles.

What You’ll Need

To trim your bearded dragon’s nails, you’ll need:
-A small, sharp nail clipper
-A styptic powder or pencil

Cutting the Nails

Start by gently pressing on the pad of the toe to extend the nail. Use your other hand to hold the toe steady. With a sharp nail clipper, cut the nail at a 45-degree angle. Try to avoid cutting too close to the nail bed. If you cut too close, you may injure your bearded dragon. If you can’t see where the 45-degree angle is, it’s better to err on the side of caution and cut the nail shorter than you intended. You can always trim it more later if needed.

Filing the Nails

Using a nail file designed for reptiles is the best way to file your dragon’s nails. You can find these files at most pet stores that carry reptile supplies. Reptile nail files are usually made of soft sandpaper, which is gentle enough to use on your dragon’s nails without causing any damage.

To file your dragon’s nails, start by holding one of its toes in your fingers and gently pressing the nail against the side of the file. Use a back-and-forth motion to file down the nail until it is smooth. Try not to file too far down into the quick, as this will cause pain and bleeding. Once you have filed all of the nails on one foot, move on to the next foot and repeat the process.


Now that you know how to safely and effectively trim your bearded dragon’s nails, you can help keep your pet healthy and looking their best. Regular nail care is an important part of responsible bearded dragon ownership, so be sure to add it to your list of regular maintenance tasks. With a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!


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