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- 17-Aug-12, 09:53 PM #1
waving water dragon
Hey guys, just this afternoon i notice my water dragon waving why would he be doing this?
- 17-Aug-12, 09:59 PM #2
male or female? i know beardie females do that and males bob their heads when they want to mate or are ready. Not sure about EWDs but they should be fairly similar
- 17-Aug-12, 10:01 PM #3
Don't no if its male or female
- 17-Aug-12, 10:13 PM #4
- 17-Aug-12, 10:25 PM #5
He just holds it up doesn't actually wave it around
It's a communication thing for breeding
- 18-Aug-12, 12:11 AM #7
okay he isn't that old tho i would of though it would of been a mating thing for his age and size
most dragon species ,generally males do it, I have seen gilberts in darwin doing this a lot during the mating season seems to be a territorial display or mating display of some sort.
- 18-Aug-12, 12:31 AM #9
Okay thanks for your help guys
My EWD does that, the bigger one .. after that she/he would chase and bite my other EWD. I know in beardies it means that they are showing recessive behavior but mine might be showing aggression.
- 18-Aug-12, 02:34 PM #11
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one of my beardies does the waving thing too. but mine are only like 3months old or so.2x doggies, 2x kitty cats, 2x not so gold goldfish, 2x coastal bubbas and an adorable rat adding a bluey later on in the year
- 18-Aug-12, 02:40 PM #12
okay thanks guys just weird tho because its just him in the tank and he was just sitting under his heat lamp and then puts one leg up in the air as if to say hello haha have no clue why he didn't surly it could be a mating thing or a aggression thing because its just him in there
possibly a dominance thing, i saw a male central netted dragon doing it and then chasing the girls around.. they are way to young to mate as well.1 female 3 y.o bearded dragon 1 blue tongue, coastals, breadli, jungle, darwins,
darwin eggs incubating!
That's why Gilbert's and a couple of others are called Ta ta lizards... because they wave bye bye...
Dragons in particular are known for their systems of visual communication between each other. Apart from breeding colours, this can involve a wide range of physical movements. Such movements can include head bobbing, arm lifting and dropping, arm waving, body posturing, inflation of the throat area, change of colour of part or all, lifting of the tail, flicking of the tail, moth gaping, tongue flicking, substrate licking and a few more. In addition, the meaning can be dependent on who goes first and how quickly the action is performed. In a study of bearded dragons the researchers came up with around 50 different differing signals each with its own meaning. Although I have searched, unfortunately I cannot find the article.
I am aware of two instances where youngish Eastern Water Dragons were in visual line of sight to a dominant Eastern Bearded Dragon. Both Water Dragons died and a veterinary assessment was they appeared to have died of stress. It appears that they understand at least some of each other’s visual signals... which is very interesting.
Try Googling on EWD visual communication – I came up with two possibilities.
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