Most people’s pets are a member of the family and, as is the case with dogs and cats, they love their owners unconditionally. Other types of pets may not be quite so affectionate or even terribly aware of their owners, which makes what this lizard did so shocking. Who knew that lizards could actually communicate with humans? Texas resident Aaron Roman shared the amazing video of his reptile’s reaction to Aaron’s wave, which he caught on video. It appears that the lizard, named Evan, is waving back!
Aaron gave a brief wave towards Evan to make sure he was doing okay since the bearded dragon wasn’t moving much. Imagine his surprise when the lizard gave a wave of “okay” right back at him.
“I had gotten Evan for my birthday. One day I walked into my room and saw that he wasn’t moving much. I tried seeing if he’d moved by waving at him, but little did I know that he’d wave back at me. I tried keeping it cool for the video.”
Interestingly, though it appears that Evan is giving his owner a friendly greeting, it’s actually a show of submission that lizards will display when a larger lizard is nearby.
Comments flooded in on Facebook posts about the waving lizard video, with one person pointing out some tough love:
“Yeah. Pretty sure they wave to ward off a threat so jokes on you, your lizard doesn’t love you, it hates you.”
Another commenter gave a lengthy explanation about the lizard’s wave, writing:
“People forget that animals have like a million meanings for different behavior. The reasons that a bearded dragon will wave their arm is not entirely explained. However, it does seem to be a form of communication. A common belief is that arm waving is a passive message, to indicate submission when a larger or more dominant beardie is nearby.
So, he is acknowledging your dominance, which is healthy; you’re the one who knows where the food is. In this case, you don’t really need to reply; he’s essentially being polite.”
The commenter continued to list reasons for the lizard waving, explaining:
“One meaning is species recognition. If a bearded dragon waves at another bearded dragon, it tells the other dragon that he/she is aware of their presence. Young bearded dragons may do a slow ‘wave’ with one of their arms to signal, ‘I’m just a baby! Don’t hurt me!’ Your young beardie may even do this when he sees you walking up to him if he is intimidated by you… We have to remember that even reptiles are not robots; they have moods and personality quirks too that change over time.”
They added this viewpoint about the waving video: “All in all, it can’t hurt to wave back. At best, he’ll be comforted (you’re being submissive too), at worst he’ll be confused. They wave back and forth to each other quite frequently, so he may well appreciate a reply, even if he isn’t expecting one.”