Pets & Animal Reptiles

An Outline of the 3 Most Unique Bearded Dragon Behaviors

Everyone knows that owning a reptile isn't the same as owning a domestic pet like a cat or dog.
They don't appear to be happy, sad, bored or excited.
They just kind of crawl, slither or walk along doing their own natural thing.
However what many don't realize is that bearded dragons, a type of lizard found in the agamidae family are actually very entertaining to watch and display some rather interesting and unique behaviors.
Possibly the most entertaining of them all is the bearded dragon arm wave.
Now this one is definitely unique.
Try to imagine your bearded dragon waving at you and other dragons as if to say hello.
A strange thought isn't it! But it really does happen.
You'll have to check it out! They perform the arm wave by lifting a front leg and moving it in a forward circular motion.
They often do this a number of times using either leg.
Now although no one really knows what this behavior means, many who have observed the behavior believe that it is a display of submission to either a larger or more dominant male dragon.
It is common to see this behavior from a juvenile or female after a male dragon inflates its beard.
This is an excellent example of a beardie being submissive to another.
The next most amusing would have to be the head bob.
This really is quite a spectacle to witness, where a bearded dragon can go from slowly lifting the head up and down to shaking it so fast it looks quite violent.
However, don't worry it causes the dragon no harm.
It's more difficult to determine the meaning of this behavior because each variation in speed may indicate something different.
The generally accepted interpretation is that a slow head bob indicates submission, a consistent fast bob means the dragon is ready to mate and an erratic bob may indicate aggression.
As you can see, reading bearded dragon behavior can get a bit technical.
You will see the slow bob, most commonly from females and juveniles as a show of submission, however it is not limited to this group and may also be displayed by a fully grown, but less dominant male.
You will most likely witness, both fast head bobs during the mating season.
This is because the males become more aggressive towards other males during this time and also use the behavior as an indication that they are ready to mate.
This last behavior is very important to the history of the bearded dragon as it is the cause behind the name.
Bearded dragons inflate the spines under their mouth, giving them a beard-like appearance, hence the name.
Not only is it unique and fascinating to watch, it is also one of their most relied on defensive mechanisms.
They show their beard when they feel threatened or defensive.
It is not uncommon to see this behavior when a beardie encounters a predator.
However in captivity it's more often to be seen as a show of superiority to other dragons or before mating.

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