Bearded Dragon Head Bobbing. Is It Something To Be Worried About?
Head bobbing is a common behavior, especially in male bearded dragons. Why are they doing it? Is this something to be concerned about? Learn the top reasons for your bearded dragon’s head bobbing.
Showing Whose Territory This Is
Bearded dragons are solitary animals. The only time they get together with other bearded dragons is to mate. Because of this, they are very protective of their territory. To let other bearded dragons know that they are in an already occupied space they use head bobbing. You can see a display of this in the video below.
It Is Mating Season
The only time that bearded dragons get together is when they breed. Like most animals, bearded dragons have a mating ritual. Part of the mating ritual is head bobbing. The faster the head bob the more attractive it is to the female. As a result, your bearded dragon head bobbing is looking for a mate. This is only for males. If the female likes what she sees she will also head bob but the head bobbing will be much slower. They also might “arm wave” along with head bobbing.
Bearded dragons becoming ready to mate after the age of 1. Mating season is in the summer months of Australia. Some bearded dragons have adjusted to the summer months of the country they are living in. You can see the ritual between two bearded dragons in the video below. See if you can determine who is the male and who is the female.
They Are Submitting
If you see your bearded dragon head bobbing slowly and arm waving they are submitting. This kind head bobbing is a lot slower and doesn’t not include other signs of an angry bearded dragon such as “black beardeding” and hissing. Check out the submissive bearded dragon below.
They Are Angry
Head bobbing is a sign of an angry bearded dragon. Signs of an angry bearded dragon include glass surfing, standing tall, hissing, puffing up, and having a black beard. There could be many reasons why your bearded dragon is angry. Find out more and what to do when you have an angry bearded dragon.
Behavior Seen With Head-Bobbing
Head-bobbing happens with other actions. These other actions help give you a better idea of why your bearded dragon is head bobbing.
You’ve seen the arm wave. If you haven’t, do a quick search on YouTube to see this adorable move. Not only is this a way of saying “hi” it is their way of showing you they are submitting to you and letting you know that you are the alpha
Bearded puffing is when bearded dragons enlarge their beard to make them appear bigger. If you see this along with head bobbing they are trying to intimidate other bearded dragons and predators.
Chin Turning Black
One of the most famous behaviors of bearded dragons is the “black beard”. This is when they quickly turn their beards black. This is a sign of aggression. If you see this in combination with head bobbing it is the bearded dragon being territorial or trying to find a mate.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do Bearded Dragons Bob Their Heads at Their Owners?
Check to see if you notice other behaviors with the head bobbing. Do you see it with aggressive behavior like black bearding, beard puffing, and hissing? If so, they are showing you that they are in charge. They are trying to protect their territory.
If you see your bearded dragon head bobbing with an arm wave, they are submitting to you.
Head Bobbing At Other Household Pets
They are most like trying to establish dominance and their territory.
Another reason is that your bearded dragon feeling threatened by your pet or thinks it is a predator. They are head bobbing as a sign of aggression.
You must keep a close eye on the interaction. Because you could have a fight between your bearded dragon and your pet starting.
Is Your Bearded Dragon Bobbing Its Head at Its own Reflection?
Your bearded dragon thinks that the reflection is another bearded dragon. They are trying to display dominance to this new beardie. They are trying to protect their territory. Some owners think it is funny and cute so they do this for fun. This can be stressful for the bearded dragon so you should not do it.
Is Frequent Head Bobbing Something To Be Worried About?
This is nothing to worry about. Like a baby crying, head bobbing is a way that your bearded dragon is trying to communicate. They don’t know words so they use head-bobbing. Find out why your bearded dragon is head-bobbing and what they are trying to say.
Why is my female bearded dragon head bobbing?
Though head-bobbing is mostly seen in males it is not uncommon for females to head bob. Female head bobbing is slower but it is normal behavior.
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