It’s a common question among new bearded dragon owners – just how intelligent are these reptiles? And specifically, do they have a good memory?

The answer may surprise you. Bearded dragons are quite intelligent creatures, and they have an impressive memory to match. Studies have shown that they can remember both positive and negative experiences.

So if you’re wondering whether your beardie will remember you, the answer is almost certainly yes! And with a little patience and effort, you can even train them to do some basic things on command. So why not give it a try? Your beardie might just surprise you.

How to train a bearded dragons memory

With a little time and patience, you can train your bearded dragon to do some basic tricks. This is a great way to keep their minds active and help them bond with you.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Getting them to follow a target

You can train your bearded dragon to follow a target, such as your finger. Start by sitting in front of them and holding out your finger. Move it slowly from side to side, and when they follow it with their eyes, give them a treat. With practice, they’ll learn to follow your finger wherever you move it.

The same can also apply to different things. Sandy for example is always getting really excited and running around as soon as she sees the box where we normally store the hornworms.

2. Let them leave and enter the tank

That’s something we’ve been doing with chilly since his tank is on the ground and he’s in a safe room without any danger. We started to slightly open the front door of his tank and see how he reacts. Over time he started to leave his tank and coming back on his own whenever he’s ready. But now every beardie is the same so he’s the only one doing it.

How long is the memory of a bearded dragon?

A bearded dragon’s memory is quite long. They can remember certain things for a longer period period. However, it is important to provide them with plenty of stimulation and enrichment to keep their minds active. Bearded dragons are also known to forget their meals if they are not given enough mental stimulation.


So there you have it – a brief introduction to the impressive memory of bearded dragons. These reptiles are quite intelligent, and they have a good memory to match. With a little time and patience, you can even train them some simple tricks.

However, every bearded dragon is different so it’s important to find out what works best for your reptile friend. With a little experimentation, you’ll soon be able to bond with your bearded dragon in a whole new way. Thanks for reading!

Scroll to Top