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Bearded Dragon Mating Behavior


Bearded Dragon Mating Behavior

Although Bearded dragons are calm and docile creatures, but when it comes to the breeding season, they can show what looks like aggressive behavior towards their cagemates and owners. Bearded dragon breeding behavior goes together with head bobbing movements, opening of the mouth and the darkening, to a black to gun metal black colour, of the beard and large parts of the body. Males and females might also increase their enthusiasm when there is a lot of movement going on around them i.e. people activities around displaying units.

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 Figure 1  Bearded dragon mating behavior. a A male Beardie "bobbing" his head to look dominant & to impress his female. This is part of Bearded dragon mating habits; b Enlarged darkened beard of a young adult Bearded dragon. This type of courtship is common in Bearded dragons; c Female with bite marks on her lips & beard because of aggressive Bearded dragon mating behavior.


Bearded Dragon Mating

The mating process of Bearded dragons is vigorous. Courtship involves mounting and holding on by the male. Bite marks are usually visible on the dorsal head, beard, lips and front legs of adult females during the breeding season. Flapping of the forelegs by the male may occur while holding the female. To signal the male to release the female will lift her head into an almost vertical position.


Bearded dragon mating behavior
In this video you can see the characteristic head bobbing and black beard behavior.
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