Bearded Dragons by Lorderk on Flickr.
Bearded Dragon Behaviour
This is when the bearded dragon will stand high on three legs and will raise the remaining leg in the air and wave it in a circular motion.
There are a couple of possible meanings when a bearded dragon waves it’s arms. One meaning is species recognition. If a bearded dragon waves at another bearded dragon, it tells the other dragon that he/she is aware of their presence.
Another meaning is submission. A bearded dragon may wave his or her arm whenever they are approached by a larger bearded dragon or whenever a larger animal approaches the dragon.
Bearded Dragon Head Bobbing
Head bobbing is more common in males and it when a bearded dragon will repeatedly raise and lower their head.
Head bobbing is generally used as a sign of dominance between two dragons. Males will head bob at females to show their dominance during breeding. Other times two bearded dragons will head bob at each other as a sign of territorial aggression.
Generally, the faster the head bob the more threatening. If a bearded dragon is head bobbing another dragon quickly, it’s generally for territorial reasons. However, if a bearded dragon slowly head bobs another dragon, it can be a sign of submission.