Behavior Why do Bearded Dragons Wave?

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Bearded dragons wave as a form of communication. However, males and females exhibit this behavior for different reasons. An arm wave combined with a slow bob is usually a sign of submissiveness. It is a way for your beardie to communicate that he or she is not a threat and just wants to be left alone. Female beardies use slow head bobbing and arm waving as a way of showing submission when encountering an aggressive male. In their natural habitat, male dragons also arm wave and head bob as a sign of dominance and as a form of mating behavior.

Bearded dragons will frequently wave to acknowledge the presence of their owners, visitors, and other pets. At times, bearded dragons even wave at their own reflection in the glass because they confuse it for another beardie.
 
Another reason bearded dragons arm wave is to let their owners know that there is something in their tank that they don't like. Poor lighting, improper temperatures, and high humidity could be some of the things that make your beardie unhappy. It is always important to check that your bearded dragon tank is properly set up before trying to interpret your beardie's behavior.
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