Sexing your Bearded Dragon

We have recieved many questions concerning sexing bearded dragons. Many breeders and sellers use a variety of methods to determine the sex of bearded dragons - from body style, head shape, behavior, looking for hemipenal bulges, to even inverting the hemipenes.

We do use a combination of these methods - but rely more heavily on looking for the presence or absence of hemipenal buldges.

And so... what we decided to do is take some good pictures of sub-adult (12 inch dragons) to show the physical difference between males and females. It can be really hard to tell the sex of a dragon that is smaller than 6 inches... but this method works well for dragons 6+ inches. Just remember that on a smaller dragon the bulges will be smaller!


- Hold your dragon in one hand - supporting its belly and front limbs.If its a smaller dragon, rest it on 2-3 fingers with your thumb on its back.

- Take the tail (about half way) in your other hand and arch it straightup at about a 90 degree angle. Carefully! On a smaller dragon, you may need to 'gently twist' the tail by rolling it between your fingers & thumb to expose the 2 hemipenile bulges.

- Look to just above the vent for 2 bulges in a male dragon.

- Look just at the edge of the vent, in the center - for 1 bulge (or sometimes nothing) in a female dragon.

**WARNING - DO NOT bend the tail too far towards the dragons head! This could fracture the vertebra at the base of their tail and result in a visit to the vet!!

Sexing a Male Bearded Dragon -

Notice 2 bulges... one on the left & one on the right -creating an 'hourglass' indentation in the center.


Sexing a Female Bearded Dragon -

Notice 1 the vent - BUT this is not always the case.


Translation to French :)

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