How Many Eggs Do Bearded Dragons Lay? The Answer May Surprise You…

Unlike most animals, bearded dragons will lay their eggs in what is referred to as a “clutch”, which is basically a cycle.

And whether your bearded dragon is actually pregnant for the first time or simply laying infertile eggs, chances are you’re probably asking yourself “How many eggs do bearded dragons lay?”.

To be concise, you can expect your dragon to lay on average anywhere from 20 to 30 eggs per clutch, with anywhere from 3 to 6 clutches on the high end.

If your dragon was mated with a male, this naturally means you can be in store for quite the arsenal of babies, so it’s important to be prepared with plenty of supplies.

If your bearded dragon is going lay a clutch of fertile eggs, then I highly recommend making the jump to the article below to read about how to help her have as easy, healthy, and stress-free of a laying process as possible.

Click HERE to read about how to help your bearded dragon lay eggs

If you’re interested in learning more about what to expect from your gravid (aka pregnant) female as she lays her eggs, just keep reading below. Also, feel free to use the table of contents below for fast and easy navigation.

When Do Bearded Dragons Start Laying Eggs?

Some owners have reported instances of their bearded dragons being gravid with infertile eggs as early as 10 months old, although this young seems to be on the rare side.

More commonly, it seems that bearded dragons first become gravid at 2-4 years old.

Also, it is important to note that not all female dragons will lay infertile eggs in their lifetime, although many will.

Bearded dragon laying eggs

In terms of when you can breed a bearded dragon, it is generally advised that you wait until the female is at least 2 years old, with the male being at least 1 year but ideally 1.5 years.

Bearded dragons that are bred to young can have major health consequences later on in life, especially the females.

A female that lays eggs before she is fully done growing is at risk of losing a lot of calcium in her body and thus, having her growth stunted and even her lifespan shortened.

Can My Bearded Dragon Lay Eggs Without Mating?

Absolutely. As aforementioned, bearded dragon females can become gravid and lay several clutches of infertile eggs on and off throughout their life.

However, not all female beardies will go through this, but if yours does, fear not as it’s totally normal.

How Often Do Bearded Dragons Lay Infertile Eggs?

How often a bearded dragon lays infertile eggs (seen in the image below) is going to vary completely from dragon to dragon.

Typically, a dragon can lay several clutches during “mating season” of infertile eggs, with 20 being the average number you can expect per clutch, give or take.

How often do bearded dragons lay infertile eggs

With some dragons, they’ll lay a clutch over the course of a few days (or a single day), take a few weeks off, and then repeat the process.

This can happen over the course of a few months.

So, How Many Eggs Do Bearded Dragons Lay?

In a single clutch, you can expect your bearded dragon to lay around 20 eggs, give or take some.

On the extremely high end, she may lay into the mid-thirties, although this isn’t too common.

On the low end, she may lay just 12 or 15, which also isn’t too common.

So, just be prepared for roughly 20 eggs across 2-4 clutches on average. But again, this will vary on a dragon by dragon basis.

After she’s completed laying her clutches for the first time, you’ll have a better idea moving forward of what to expect with her.

How Long Does It Take for a Bearded Dragon to Lay Her Eggs?

Assuming you’re talking about a female bearded dragon who is gravid with non-fertile eggs, it can take several days for her to finish laying each clutch, and weeks if not months for her to stop her laying altogether.

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8 thoughts on “How Many Eggs Do Bearded Dragons Lay? The Answer May Surprise You…”

  1. My bearded dragon laid 5 clutches of eggs from January to March this year. I just found another egg in her habitat on Friday, and today she’s digging like she wants to lay another clutch. Is this normal?

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  2. I was very shocked that my Dragon was laying eggs because all of the reading I had done prior to adopting her nothing said anything about her becoming gravid without mating. She laid 31 eggs in the 1 clutch she has had so far over six days. She is barely a year old if that. It appears that she is fattening up for another clutch. I did not feed her extra calcium the first to around because I have no idea so I am now making sure she gets extra calcium.

    How do you know when they’re done laying clutches?

    Thanks,
    Tina
    Wung Wady Mom

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  3. My bearded dragon just had 22 eggs the other day and this morning she had one egg but it came out with all this orange Slime it looks like” Orange pulp“ I don’t know what it is or why it happened

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  4. Seriously had no clue “Cash” was a female and when I walked by her habitat and saw creamy yellow soft, what I assumed were eggs, the only thing that came to mind was W.T.F Last week she seemed a little out of sorts but not extreme. Now she’s trying to bury her clutch and she’s smashing the eggs. It’s sad to watch and I rushed to give her more substrate to cover them with but I don’t believe any will survive. That being said, how long do I leave the broken eggs in her habitat? I feel terrible that we didn’t know she was a she and her habitat is a complete mess with… everything. Any suggestions going forward? She was a rescue of sorts and we are obviously clueless, I feel terrible that I didn’t see the obvious signs.

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    • I would let her go through the process so she isn’t emotionally disturbed. Of course if she hasn’t mated none of those eggs have any babies in them so don’t be too sad about the broken ones. I’d remove the pieces and broken ones if you can without disturbing her, and help her keep the rest together so its not a big mess. Im sure she’ll realize they aren’t viable and begin to abandon them at some point.

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    • Is she the only lizard? If yes remove the destroyed egg mess immediately- before they rot.
      If she has a mate – the eggs are already destroyed they mean nothing to her remove the mess and expect her to more than likely fatten shortly watch for signs in the next 4 weeks pacing cage, visible bumps in belling, when she starts to dig, remove her to a separate cage to lay her eggs in a moist sand. Do your research now… incubators, and everything!!!
      Good luck

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    • ours laid her 1st clutch at 7 years old, intermittently, took her to vets she had calcium that helped her lay a lot together , we thought she was ok,but refused food, we had to orally give her water, calcium and emergencey calories, it took it out of her, the vet thinks she had another batch but she died the other day , was so quick, went downhill within 1 to 2 days. we r heartbroken

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