Bearded dragon head bobbing behaviour

Bearded Dragon Head Bobbing Behaviour
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One of the most frequent behaviours seen in adult, and sometime juvenile, Bearded dragons is head bobbing. This normal behaviour, for especially male Bearded dragons, is not only seen during the courting and breeding rituals, but also as part of threatening and territorial behaviour.

Why do Bearded dragons bob their heads?

As part of this behaviour, the beard will also be inflated – which gives a Bearded dragon a somewhat larger appearance. In an attempt to be even more impressive, the beard will also turn darker towards black. In fact, this is where the name ‘Bearded’ dragon originated from.

During the breeding season, head bobbing behaviour in Bearded dragons, and many other lizards, shows dominance and territorial ownership. It is often seen while males dragons “court” nearby female dragons. Male dragons also turns more aggressive towards its foes.

Territorial behaviour can also be evident even if it is not breeding season, where any potential enemy is greeted and challenged with this behaviour.

Bobbing Bearded dragon behaviour

Bearded dragon head bobbing behaviour. A male Bearded dragon to look dominant & to impress his female; This black beard behaviour is, as with head bobbing behavior, normal in pet Bearded dragons.

Bearded dragon head bobbing behaviour video.

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Renier has a keen interest in the welfare of pet reptiles. He has been keeping and treating Leopard geckos for many years and has written various forms of literature on them and other fascinating reptiles.



Renier Delport is also the author of The Advanced Bearded Dragon Manual and other Bearded dragon related eBooks.