Bearded Dragon Care

Can Bearded Dragons Get Water In Their Ears?

Many critters love water while others hate it. Regardless, all pets are going to come into contact with water whether it be from drinking or getting cleaned. But what about bearded dragons? Can bearded dragons get water in their ears?

If a bearded dragon gets water in their ear, it’s not something to worry about. They can get rid of the water themselves easily enough by shaking their heads or waiting it out in their dry, humid tanks. Don’t pour water directly into their ears. The best thing you can do to help them get water out is dab their ears with an absorbent towel.

The rest of this article will cover what to do to get water out of their ears, if you should help, and how you can help.

What To Do To Get Water Out Of A Bearded Dragon’s Ears

There’s not too much you can do to aid the process. They’re the ones who will get any liquids out. The best you can do is monitor them and make sure they’re getting it out on their own. You can do this by observing them in their cage and watching them shake their heads.

This is a natural process you shouldn’t interfere with much. Be sure to keep your distance and watch, don’t swoop in to force help on them when they’re perfectly capable of helping themselves with the liquids.

If they can’t get the water out on their own, there’s no need to worry. The environment your dragon lives in will help it evaporate quickly, so the water will leave anyway.

Why You Shouldn’t Help

Although you can do small things to help aid the process, this is something you should let them do by themselves. Not only could you scare them by digging into their ears, but you can hurt them too. This is why it’s best to leave them be.

Bearded dragons can take care of the water in their ears by shaking their heads and or waiting in their cage for the temperature to naturally handle that process. With this in mind, don’t bother them while they’re cleaning their ears.

What To Do To Help

If you find yourself in the position where you want to help, then you should do it carefully. Do not dig inside their ears. If there’s an issue with their health, you’ll notice from the way they’re acting. Signs of ear infections are: head tilting, brown spots near the ear, and discharge from the ear.

There are two things you can do to help. For starters, you can dab their ears lightly with an absorbent towel. The second thing is, if you notice health issues, you can take them to the vet to make sure the water got all the way out.


Bearded dragons can get water in their ears without it harming them. They can get water on them from daily activities involving water, like drinking, or getting clean with baths. Although it won’t harm their ears, do not directly pour water on your dragon’s ears.

To get the water out, your bearded dragon will shake their heads rapidly like humans do. This movement gets the liquid out of their ears, and if there’s some left over, the humidity of their cages eases the process and the water naturally drips out.

Lastly, you shouldn’t help them with the blockage because they can get it out effectively on their own. There are things you can do to help, like dabbing their ears with an absorbent towel, but you should leave it to them. If they display health issues, take them to the vet.


Chris is a reptile enthusiast, breeder, and blogger from the Milwaukee, WI area. After breeding hundreds of bearded dragons to supply local pet stores and owning many other types of reptiles, he is now focused on sharing knowledge to help owners properly care for their little reptiles friends.

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