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It is only important if you plan on breeding a female in the spring. Other than that, it is entirely up to you. Some people like their reptiles to brumate over the winter holidays if they will be traveling or entertaining and need a break from pet care, but if that isn’t you, and you want to enjoy a more active pet over the winter, just keep the temperature up. Daylength will indeed have some effect, and your beardie may be a little more sluggish than usual, but that’s OK and nothing to be concerned with. After the solstice, she may start perking up more. It’s OK to handle her if she is not going to be deliberately brumated, just expect a lower level of energy from her.