Exotic pets have often come with their different traits and characteristics, some with little forms of humor, others portray deadly and very risky traits, and some also display moods and behaviors that are worthy of note, these moods are unique and often times they pass messages and signals to the owner or caregiver.
None other passes such signals than the focal point of this article- the bearded dragon.
These reptiles are very unique in their style of communicating and every move they make passes a message. Dragon behavior has been a cause for serious studies and observations.
Following which observations have been made, the messages have been understood, so if knowing what a bearded dragon had encoded in their behavior was a challenge, then the solutions which come in the form of interpretations are here.
Listed below are some of such bearded dragon behaviors that has been observed.
Bearded dragons are known to keep themselves in isolation at certain periods; this could vary from cold weather to lack of food.
They are prone to do this more when they are in the wild, but there is need to check out domesticated bearded dragons also as they have these traits even in their domesticated environment.
Should a bearded dragon avoid eating, doesn’t pace around or is keeping to him, this could be a time to consult the vet.
The color of the reptile can change, the changes could occur as a sign of growth, however, sudden color change might be a reason to worry, your pet may be stressed, sick or having certain emotional issues.
If you’re concerned a quick internet search should provide a lot of info and suggestions.
I never recommend sand or any loose substrate. But as your dragon matures, mimicking its natural environment will help keep your beardie happy.
Naturally, the female bearded dragon will dig the ground in preparation to lay eggs. So if it is observed that a domesticated female dragon is trying to dig, the suitable alternative should be made for it to incubate its eggs.
A wanting to climb
Its just a natural urge or instinct. Thats why a large basking rock, branches or any structure that allows your dragon high ground is an important part of their environment.
Often times they will want to climb you, the owner, and this it does by going high up to the shoulder level.
This should pass a message that it is running away from a seeming danger, most likely from a predator.
When your beardie waves, its a little different. The raise one hand and slowly bring it down. It may look a little odd at first. Its rather cute really.
Its also a form of acknowledgement, You may notice your dragon waving at you or other dragons.
This usually happens when the male has subdued the female to a position of surrender. They’d usually do this during mating.
Beard Turning Black
This is a warning sign from the male bearded dragon. The beard will go black, warning intending intruders to stay off his female counterpart.
The bearded dragon can bite at this time that is if an attempt is made to pick it up. So be warned!
Glass Movements or Surfing
When a bearded dragon is spotted standing on their feet- this is what has been termed glass dancing or surfing- it means they are bored.
This will be the best time to get that pet occupied. So if you see this from your dragon, pick him up. Spend some time with your pet, he/she may be craving some attention.
Listed above are some of the behaviors and traits that the bearded dragons have shown over the years. Be sure to check and apply the necessary response.
But in all, they make them all the fun they are.