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Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me hard

Postby BeardieSmaug » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:50 am

I have a year and a half old male beardie. Who woke up from brumation about a month ago and a half ago. His eating has been on and off but hasnt lost weight so im not concerned. But as of two weeks ago he started head bobbing at me. Especialy when he goes on top of his hide on the cool side (he does there usually after basking). It started with slow head bobs, but recently his head bobbing has been way harder and intense, with a very slight black beard!

He has never ever been aggressive to me, and he is not being now. He shows no signs of aggression whenever i come close or anything. And hes beard turns slighty darker but doesnt puff it out.

It's just odd. He has never done this.

Some days he is extremely active, running around my room for literally an hour or so. And some days he is lazy and doesnt move much lol.

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Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:49 pm

Head bobbing is a sign of mating -- he is showing dominance --- arm waving means he is submissive -- it is mating season-- my male has not done any of this because he has never seen another dragon in his life so I am guessing he thinks hes the only dragon in the world :lol:
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby BeardieSmaug » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:41 pm

I only have one dragon tho!

Although... A few weeks ago he "met" another dragon, his reflection in the mirror. Lol.

He used to NEVER mind his reflection every time he roams around my rooms and walks past the tall mirror I have. Until he woke up from brumation a month and a half ago. A few weeks ago he walked by the mirror again, and went NUTS! Black beard and everything. So now I have to put a towel or a blanket on the floor by the mirror so he doesnt see his reflection.

He has only seen and fought his reflection twice in the last 3 weeks. Maybe he remembers that and head bobs now once in a while, but without seeing the reflection? He head bobs hard sometimes when he is just in his tank. Like I said on my previous comment, normally when he walks off his basking spot and goes to the cool side.

But oh well, im thinking hormones. It is mating season. At least im glad its somethning like this and not the other way around acting lethargic/sick.

But I read that it could also mean submission? Like he is trying to either show me he is the boss or that I am the boss. And if so, I mean, iv never done anything to upset him or show him dominance. He is a weird lil guy.

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bonus pic. I love putting him there, and he loves relaxing there. He could stay there all day if I let him. :lol:
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:44 pm

That would do it -- the mirror thing -- if he can see his reflection in his tank I would put up some sort of background so he cant -- he will stress himself out--- Hiccup doesnt have any type of reflection from his tank as he has bamboo back wall and sides --- so hes never seen himself in the mirror either -- yes its hormones --
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby BeardieSmaug » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:50 pm

Thank you for the replies!

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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby BeardieSmaug » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:25 pm

I just noticed that he can see hsi reflection pretty well in his tank, on the front side of the glass in his tank. Not much I can do about that. But im 99% thats why hes been head bobbing intensely lately
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:33 pm

You can put some sort of back ground that you can buy or use newspapers to cover the tank walls --- but put it on outside of tank
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby Drache613 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:31 pm

Hello,

Karrie has it under control! LOL
Your dragon, who is a year old, is very hormonal. He will go through so many phases with his
appetite, behavior, etc so as he gets older you will just have to adjust to his different phases.
He will definitely keep you on your toes though! Head bobbing is quite a sight to see, they sure
are animated. Sometimes they will bob, just for no apparent reason, but I like to think that they
bob just to entertain us. :D

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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:26 am

Next time he bobs at you , do a beardie armwave back at him . I have been known to do this to my male bearded dragons and I always a " what ? " , " stupid human " look back at me , and the bobbing stops.
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby Cor » Mon May 13, 2019 6:06 pm

KarrieRee wrote:That would do it -- the mirror thing -- if he can see his reflection in his tank I would put up some sort of background so he cant -- he will stress himself out--- Hiccup doesnt have any type of reflection from his tank as he has bamboo back wall and sides --- so hes never seen himself in the mirror either -- yes its hormones --
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Where did u get the bamboo walls?
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby KarrieRee » Mon May 13, 2019 6:24 pm

His tank is a Zen habitat and it came that way
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby Cor » Tue May 14, 2019 1:22 am

KarrieRee wrote:His tank is a Zen habitat and it came that way
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I decided to diy, but I was dying to get bamboo walls because I liked the zen habitat so much! I'm trying to find those exact panels to be a diy Zen 😂 thanks for responding
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby Aaradimian » Tue May 14, 2019 7:11 am

kingofnobbys wrote:Next time he bobs at you , do a beardie armwave back at him . I have been known to do this to my male bearded dragons and I always a " what ? " , " stupid human " look back at me , and the bobbing stops.


Hahaha, that's funny. I tried doing the wave to my adopted dragon when he first arrived to show him that I wasn't a threat, and got a similar reaction.
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby BeardieSmaug » Tue May 14, 2019 10:32 pm

KarrieRee wrote:His tank is a Zen habitat and it came that way
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I should get one of those, they look neat!!
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Re: Head bobbing at me, started slow, then head bobs at me h

Postby BeardieSmaug » Tue May 14, 2019 10:33 pm

Aaradimian wrote:
kingofnobbys wrote:Next time he bobs at you , do a beardie armwave back at him . I have been known to do this to my male bearded dragons and I always a " what ? " , " stupid human " look back at me , and the bobbing stops.


Hahaha, that's funny. I tried doing the wave to my adopted dragon when he first arrived to show him that I wasn't a threat, and got a similar reaction.


I;v been doing this for a while now, but he never shows any sort of reaction to it haha
I'v tried headbobbing at him (i look so stupid lol) sometimes, and he does look at me like "HUH?!" kinda like a puppt tilting its head :lol:
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