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Why do Bearded Dragons Wave?

Why do Bearded Dragons Wave?

There's no denying that bearded dragons are one charismatic species of lizard. And, one of the most fascinating things about them is their propensity to wave hello. But why do bearded dragons wave?

Well, experts believe that bearded dragons wave as a way of recognizing other lizards. When two bearded dragons see each other, they'll often wave their arms back and forth in a greeting gesture. It's thought that this helps the lizards identify each other and strengthen social bonds.

Bearded dragons aren't the only animals who wave hello. Chimpanzees, gorillas, and elephants also use gestures to communicate with others. So, the next time you see your bearded dragon waving at you, be sure to return the gesture!

Bearded dragons usually wave their hands to indicate that they are aware of the existence of other bearded dragons. It can also be viewed as a sign of surrender. The term "head bob" can refer to a variety of things. The female bearded dragon's slow-headed bob is often used to express submissiveness to the male.

    What does "wave" by a Bearded Dragons mean?

    Just like a human waver, the bearded dragon lifts one of its forelimbs and swings it in a circular motion. It looks like it's swimming in slow motion with one arm, but it looks like the dragon is waving something.

    Beardy dragons wave their arms for a reason.

    Now that you know what it looks like, what does it mean for a bearded dragon waving his hand? Is it an irrational act that has no meaning?

    Or, are they trying to communicate with us? The waving bearded dragon is simply using it as a signal or signal. The key is to figure out what that means!

    There are many reasons why bearded dragons wave their hands. Some of them will do nothing on your side, while others may require you to change the type of care you provide.

    The 7 most common causes you can think of are:

    1. Sign of submission

    One of the most popular explanations for a bearded dragon waving is that it is a sign of obedience. These lizards carry signals in the wild that they are aware that they are not the strongest species in the area.

    This signal is used to indicate that they are not interested in competing for dominance with other animals. This will help keep them safe and avoid unwanted confrontations.

    Unlike other species that constantly bluff to look strong, the bearded dragon takes a pragmatic approach. When they are around a noticeably stronger animal (or human) they don't see the meaning of fighting.

    This also applies to humans. When a bearded dragon gestures to its owner, it is most likely a sign that it understands who is controlling it.

    You know this for sure, but your bearded dragon can feel the need to share it with you at times. Not harmful, rather lovely!

    If your bearded dragon is waving at you, there's nothing you can do (unless there are other stimulants nearby). Enjoy the weird behavior!

    It's fascinating to learn that your bearded dragon is trying to communicate in its own unique way.

    2. Incorrect enclosure configuration

    Deploying a bearded dragon's cage can make it feel submissive or intimidating, causing it to wave its arms. Tanks are too small to feel crowded, or too large to have little hiding place and feel intimidating.

    Birds can sometimes be seen if the tank is near a window. Birds in the wild are predators, so they scare or scare them into submission or cover up.

    A common cause is that your bearded dragon sees itself reflected off the tank's glass walls. When the dragon realizes the presence of another beardy and tries to claim his realm, he can wave his arms or surf the glass. To prevent this, place a cover or background on one of the tank walls.

    3. Afraid of having other pets

    As mentioned earlier, arm waving is a kind of communication that can be both beneficial and harmful. It could be that your bearded dragon is waving a lot in fear. If this happens on a regular basis, try a few with your other pets to make sure your bearded dragon isn't afraid.

    It is generally known that beardy dragons do best when they are apart, as they can and can go wrong at any time. If you have more than one Bearded Dragon in the same tank, this is most likely why the dragons constantly wave their hands.

    Beardy can be alone in the tank, but meeting other household pets on a regular basis can make a difference. Beware of shaking. If it occurs when other animals are around, it could be a sign that the bearded dragon is frightened.

    They understand that there are larger creatures similar to surrendering to their masters, but this time it's about fear. They know you won't hurt them. It's normal for them to be afraid when they see your Golden Retriever leap through a doorway.

    Your bearded dragon may not even realize that the bigger animal is the cutest, friendly and affectionate animal you've ever seen. So this is their way of showing that they will obey, but they are also likely to be afraid. In this case, think of it more like a person flashing a white flag than waving a hand.

    4. Mating Patterns

    Another reason you may see bearded dragons waving is if they are in the mating process. Female bearded dragons can occasionally wave her hand to wild males to indicate that she cares.

    If you only have a male bearded dragon, it's unlikely that this will cause you to wave. However, if you have a female bearded dragon and more than one bearded dragon, this can be a problem.

    You will almost always see different types of mating activity. The female will most likely shake her head and intentionally move around the cage. If you don't observe any of them, they don't seem to be swaying due to their mating activity.

    5. Stress Indicators

    Sometimes the dragon waved as a sign of stress that it had to obey anything. This may be due to a larger bearded dragon or the presence of a large animal near the cage (other pets such as cats or dogs).

    The behavior of a young bearded dragon

    Waving hands is more common for young bearded dragons because much of their environment is new to them, and they are naturally more obedient bearded dragons because of their age.

    In groups, young beardy dragons appear to wave their hands as a non-aggressive means of acknowledging each other's existence. Waving hands, on the other hand, can indicate that a group of young dragons is becoming territory, and waving dragons is a sign of submission. In this case, they must be closely monitored and separated to prevent a fight that could result in injury.

    6. Toys and props

    Toys and small items that terrify the Bearded Dragon are things that can be easily ignored.

    If you have small dragons and keep toys near the dragon's tank, they may mistake it for a predator.

    Remove items from the tank and see if Beardie's behavior changes.

    Another less conspicuous reason bearded dragons can feel fear is that there are small pieces of clothing lying around the tank.

    Drying small clothes, such as socks, on a radiator can easily be mistaken for an unexpected predator.

    7. They see their own reflection

    The second beardy (his mirror) has a similar coordination function in this situation. Your bearded dragon will see a non-dangerous tank mate. It can be disconcerting where you go when you go far and why you only come back when you sit in a certain area, but it's unlikely to hurt you.

    Always be on the lookout for symptoms that make your behavior routine or worrying about your bearded dragon. If so, change the lighting or move a mirror or reflective surface to eliminate reflections and create a safer atmosphere.

    Does gender matter in arm waving?

    This is a common myth. Some females wave their hands to show submission, especially during mating, while males wave their heads to show authority. A waving of arms, on the other hand, can be used by both men and women as a sign of surrender. In the wild, males do this to respect high-status males.

    Is it true that only male and female bearded dragons wave their arms?

    Popular belief is that female bearded dragons 'wag their arms' while males 'roll their heads' (this is known as a sign of dominance).

    This is not entirely accurate. Both men and women are known to shake their heads and wag their arms.

    This entirely depends on the current scenario and the character of the Bearded Dragon.

    Both males and females will experience fear of other bearded dragons, reptiles, animals, or anything else, which is likely to result in this strange and unique arm-waving behavior.

    Is arm waving affected by age?

    Arm waving shows bearded dragons of all ages. Young dragons may appear to wiggle more because many of their surroundings are new to them, and because of their age they are naturally more passive bearded dragons. In groups, young beardy dragons appear to wave their hands as a non-aggressive means of acknowledging each other's existence.

    What if they always wave their hands?

    As I said before, if your bearded dragon is always waving your hand, then there is most likely an issue that needs to be addressed.

    If the bearded dragon feels comfortable, hand waving will be rare rather than regular. When they bother with anything, you'll see this happen a lot more.

    The two most common reasons for frequent hand shaking are:
    • Unsuitable environment
    • Anxious bearded dragon

    If your bearded dragon continues to fear people or animals passing by their enclosure, waving will definitely happen more often. Living in constant tension is bad for your bearded dragon and can lead to long-term health problems (which can also lead to bites).

    To address this, do your best to reduce external sources of stress or worry. Place the cage in a safe location away from other people or animals until the Beardie is more comfortable (which may never happen).

    You should audit your settings to determine if the problem is due to a substandard environment.

    Is there enough space in the enclosure? Are they having problems with temperature, humidity or lighting? Do they have a suitable hiding place?

    To evaluate if you can improve, you need to be critical and honest with yourself. This will help fix what's causing your bearded dragon to ruffle and excessively wavy.

    Other Features of Bearded Dragon

    While investigating the cause of the bearded dragon swaying, you should also be aware of other behavioral issues that bearded dragons are prone to. Here is a brief description of the most common habits, along with a brief explanation of what they mean.

    Still, investigate further as desired and see your veterinarian if you observe any strange habits that do not go away or appear unsafe.

    Shaking of the head

    When a bearded dragon shakes its head while breeding, it is usually a symbol of domination. Men are more likely to experience it. If they start moving their heads faster, it can indicate that they are irritable and potentially dangerous.


    Many animals have the most primitive and natural behavior. The motives are usually the same. Comfort, safety and security. They may be looking for a bed large enough for themselves to be mild and comfortable. It may also suggest that the expectant mother is preparing to give birth in a freshly excavated area.

    Twitching of the tail

    When a bearded dragon wags its tail, you might think of a cat waving its tail. Cats wag their tails a lot while chasing prey. It is possible that the bearded dragon is doing the same thing. It's not a very common feature, but it does exist in certain pets.


    More research is ongoing to learn more about the meaning of those cute little waves. Many experts now agree on these factors.

    Waving your hand isn't always a sign that you should be concerned. In the worst case scenario, your bearded dragon could be terrified by your dog, cat or other pet. Another bearded dragon in his cage might make him intimidating, but this usually includes reflection on himself.

    A hand waving, on the other hand, is usually a sign of submission and is nothing to worry about unless accompanied by other indicators of tension or fear.

    If there is a problem, determine the cause and take action. Remove or move reflective surfaces from two or more bearded dragon cages. They should be fine!

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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