Bearded Dragon Arm Waving
so-called Bearded dragon waving arm posture is an interesting
behavior of these animals.
This is where one of the forelimbs is raised and rotated 360
degrees to the longitudinal plane of the body, almost like a
greeting wave. Interestingly enough, this is where one of the
other more descriptive names for Bearded dragons originated
namely the "Tata dragon". Tata being a term used in some
languages to say good bye.
Different Bearded Dragon Waves
Another interesting thing that a keeper will observe is that
there's more than one scenario where Bearded dragons wave. Most
of the time you might see you Bearded dragon wave when its
chilling, basking in its hot spot. You might also see a Bearded
dragon waving while it is busy hunting and stalking its prey or
while its communicating with another Bearded dragon. The last
type of Bearded dragon arm wave is a more aggressive wave and
its a bit faster than the one used in the other two scenarios.
Bearded dragon arm wave behavior can actually be observe in
nature and in captive Bearded dragons. It is a normal behavior.
does a Bearded dragon wave?
It is actually not to
greet someone like the word tata implies. The reason for Bearded
dragon waving is actually to control its body temperature.
Circumduction (a fancy word for a Bearded dragon arm wave) is a
well noted and described Bearded dragons thermoregulatory
posture. This so-called “wave” reduces the body’s surface
area with warm surfaces.
This posture is also
described as being submissive when performed slowly or
aggressive when performed fast.