Bearded Dragons have a lot of predictable behavior. From all the years I have had bearded dragons I have got their behaviors down pretty good.
You might have been thinking of getting a bearded dragon, and you will be pretty happy to learn that these little lizards can be a lot of fun. You just need to know how they work so that you can understand them.
Previously, I did write an article on bearded dragon facts that I would highly suggest that you check out if you haven’t already.
Read up on this so that you can learn something that will completely change the way that you look at your bearded dragon.
In this article I am going to be covering the following:
- Waving Their Arms
- Bobbing Their Heads
- Fluffing The Beard
- Laying On Each Other
- Opening Mouth
- Tail Movement
Bearded dragon behavior does not get copied from one to another. They are pretty unique when you get them, and that is pretty true when you see them waving their arms. They will usually lift one arm and make a swirling motion. They might be telling a larger bearded dragon that they do not want to fight, or they could just be waving to another bearded dragon, lizard, human, etc.
It’s thought to be a submissive move when you see your bearded dragon doing this. It’s really like saying “hey I’m here and I am acknowledging your presence. I’m friendly and just wanted you to know that I am around. No problems with me please.”
They bob their heads when they are getting into an offensive stance, and they are going to show whatever is facing them that they are not afraid to attack. Think of it as pumping yourself up before you get in a fight. They will bob their heads more if they are going to be even more threatening, and you can expect them to pounce if they are bobbing their heads really fast.
Also, males do bob their heads before intercourse with a female. Usually, the female can be found waving her arm.
Your bearded dragon will fluff their beard sometimes just because they want to, but there are other times when they do this because they want to show that they are larger than they look. Making themselves look bigger is a good defense.
Often times when you mist them with a spray bottle they will fluff out their beard. This helps them collect water. They will then lick it off with their tongue.
Females will dig to bury their eggs, and makes will dig to make a place that is much more comfortable. The older bearded dragon that you have will probably want to brumate which is hibernation for bearded dragons. They do this for part of the year, and they will dig a hole where they can submerge themselves.
Also, sometimes they just dig because they are looking for worms. If you have sand they might want to adjust the sand where they want it, too.
This often looks like a “cute” gesture, but really it’s not.
These lizards will bask in the UV rays that they get from light, and the dominant bearded dragon will lay on top to get more UV rays than the one on the bottom. That is pretty important so that they will get the UV rays they need.
Laying on another bearded dragon is just like saying I’m more dominant than you so I get this spot, deal with it, buddy.
Having their mouths open is very common, and it is just the bearded dragon trying to manage their body temperature. They will be much happier because they can cool down, and they will leave their mouth open as much as they can.
However, opening their mouth can be an aggressive move, too. If their beard is flared up you will want to give them their space. Usually, their beard is a darker color when their mouth is open to express hostility towards someone.
This is a lot like a cat, and that is something that you can use to judge their mood. They will flip their tails when they are mad, and they sway them slowly when they are relaxed or happy. You just have to learn what your bearded dragon does when they are calm, and you can see what it is that they mean by this.
You need to remember that your bearded dragon will hiss when they are feeling aggressive, and you need to be careful with them if they give you the idea that they are going to attack. As mentioned above their beard will turn black (see this article on why bearded dragon’s beards turn black).The hissing can sound fairly cute, but it is not cute at all. They will bite you next, and that will be a much stronger act of aggression. You need to be aware of these things before you get a new friend.
Bearded dragons would much rather intimidate you if you’re bigger than them rather than fight. They rarely bight people and usually give you plenty of warning before they actually do.
Two males shouldn’t ever be in the same tank though. They will eventually fight and it won’t be pretty.
Judging Bearded Dragon Behavior
You have to learn how to judge what your bearded dragon is doing because they are all different and act differently. They all are going to give you different indications that they are going to be mellow or calm, and you have to make sure that you know what your bearded dragon does. You might not have the same kind of bearded dragon that someone else has, and you have to judge the way they act based on what you see.
Most bearded dragons are very docile and don’t mind people at all. But, then again every bearded dragon is different.
You have to study them when you are hanging out with them, and you cannot test them. It makes more sense for you to get the bearded dragon to do little things in their tank so that you can see what it is that they do when you are putting hem in certain situations.
Your new bearded dragon is going to be a loyal friend for a long time, but you have to know how they are before you get into playing with them and letting them sit with you all the time. They are going to be a lot of bearded dragons that you can choose from, and you have to get to know them before you are going to have them in your house. They will act their own way, and you will get to know their personality as you are learning about their behavior.
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