Why Is My Bearded Dragon Waving? Here Is The Real Reason
Why is my bearded dragon waving? Well that is a question I actually get a lot and I also see it often on the internet. Bearded dragons are really cool lizards and they get more and more popular. They are not only loved by reptile owners, now even people who are not really interested in reptiles think they are cute and maybe even think about getting one.
However that could be a reason for the wrong information about the bearded dragon wave you can find all over the internet. You can find hundreds of videos where you can see bearded dragons wave their arms. Further you can find websites which say that bearded dragons that wave, want to say Hello to their owner.
To be honest, in my opinion this is a very cool idea. I mean, wouldn´t it be great if your reptile would really greet you when you enter the room? I think all bearded dragon lovers agree here that this would be awesome. I am sure that a lot of dragon owners even say “Hello!” to their beardie just for fun when they see it wave.
Unfortunately this is just wrong information which you most probably got from the internet. This is not the real reason why your bearded dragon is waving … Sorry 🙁
So before I start talking about the real reason why your bearded dragon waves, I want to make clear that not all owners see their dragons wave. That can have several reasons. The biggest reason might be the tank. If you do not have the right terrarium, right size, right lighting and so on and so forth, your bearded dragon might not show his full behavioral repertoire.
So make sure that you get a good tank for your bearded dragon. If you have problems with that, have a look the article below. It shows you how you can easily create a bearded dragon habitat on your budget.
The bearded dragon wave explained
So now you know that it does not mean that your beardie is greeting you when you enter the room. In fact, it means something totally different. It means that your beardie shows submission. The dragon accepts you or another beardie as the bigger dragon and he wants everybody to know that.
However there are also beardies who wave without a reason. That might happen because the beardie sees his reflection in glass of his terrarium. Further scientists say that they are not completely sure if it also could have other reasons.
Only females wave? Nope!
I recently had a good chat on twitter. One of my followers asked me if her bearded dragon is a female and sent me a video of her beardie waving.
So a lot of people think that only female bearded dragons are waving and the male bearded dragons bob their head as a sign of dominance. That is not true. No matter if your bearded dragon is a male or a female, both will wave and both will bob their head if they are in the right situations for that.
So now that I made that clear, here is a video of a beardie waving his arms off. I know you want to see it lol!
Your bearded dragon is waving all the time? You should be worried!
While waving from time to time is definitely nothing you should be worried about too much, you should be worried if your bearded dragon is waving all the time.
With all the time I mean that your bearded dragon is waving constantly each and every day since weeks. This might be a sign that your bearded dragon is scared. If your bearded dragon is scared all the time this means constant stress and that´s definitely something you want to avoid.
Your bearded dragon could be scared of anything. Do you have another pet that your bearded dragon can see from the terrarium? Have you placed any new furniture your bearded dragon could be scared of?
Can your bearded dragon see any birds outside of the window? Do you keep two bearded dragons in one tank and one beardie suppresses the other beardie?
Those are the things you need to check. If your beardie is waving all the time, here are some things I recommend doing.
What you should do when your bearded dragon is constantly waving
As I said, your bearded dragon is probably scared. So what you got to do now is, you have to create a safe place for your bearded dragon. Personally, I recommend to create the terrarium as natural as possible for that.
Get some plants and hides
A natural habitat has a couple of hides, some logs your bearded dragon can hide in for example. However, I know that most people simply are not interested in creating a natural habitat. That´s why I recommend to at least get a plastic hide and get some plastic plants.
Obviously, the plastic hide is a safe place for your bearded dragon. If you want to know which hide I personally recommend/ which hides helped me with this problem, read this article about bearded dragon cage decoration. The hide I recommend in this article is simply awesome.
However, you can also use long plastic plants to make the whole terrarium a safe place. Therefore I recommend to buy 3 to 4 long plastic plants and put the into the terrarium. Put them on the sides so that your bearded dragon can only look out the terrarium on the front.
This will minimize the risk of anything scaring your bearded dragon. If you want to know what plants you should get for your bearded dragon tank, read this article where I show you 14 awesome bearded dragon plants for your terrarium.
Can your bearded dragon see its reflection?
Some bearded dragon can see their own reflection inside the glass tank. This could scare your bearded dragon as well. Getting some plants und putting them inside the tank will definitely help here.
However, you should also change the positions of the lighting a little bit. By changing the position of the lights your bearded dragon might see its own reflection not as strong as before and this will definitely help.
Separate your bearded dragons
Bearded dragons are loners. The problem is that most pet shops sell bearded dragons as pets that can be kept in a group. Most of the time this doesn´t go well and there will be one bearded dragon that get suppressed by another dragon.
If your bearded dragon is waving constantly, this could be a sign for that. In that case, I recommend to separate your bearded dragons. Beardies can get aggressive towards each other and this can end badly.
So I hope this answers your question: Why is my bearded dragon waving?
Always make sure, that you get a good tank for your bearded dragon, that your bearded dragon isn´t stressed and that you feed it right!
Tell me a story about your bearded dragon waving? When does it wave?
Do you also say”Hello!” when you come into the room and your beardie is waving? Tell me in the comment section below, I will get back to you 🙂
I must admit that I always say hello when my beardie is waving at me lol.
If you have any questions, simply leave your message in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
All the best,
About the Author
Hey! I am Pierre. I own bearded dragons and many other reptiles for a very long time. I know from experience that it can be very hard to find the right information about a specific reptile, since there is so much misinformation out there.That´s why I created this website. To help other people to have the best time with their reptiles.