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Here is an introduction to Bearded dragons to help give an understanding of who they are.
Size of Bearded dragons
They are of moderate size and are sociable, having the ability to interact with each other using a number of different body gestures such as head and tail postures, body tilts, arm circling movements and head bobs.
They also have the ability to get along with humans who the have grown accustomed to, this has helped the growth in their popularity as a pet. They are also easy to breed as well.
In terms of size, they can grow to up to 60 centimeters in length.
Where do Bearded Dragons come from?
Bearded dragons come from Australia, in the eastern and central parts of the country. They are not a threatened species but have stable numbers in the wild and are only threatened where there is a high concentration of cats in that area.
The areas that they come from range from arid to semi-arid with a vegetation that varies between open woodland to rocky outcrops and vegetation. They spend the hottest parts of the day in relative cool places such as in burrows or underneath rocks and boulders.
What are the characteristics of Bearded dragons?
However, one of the things they are renown for is ‘basking’ which is when they lie on rocks, branches, fence posts or other surfaces so that they raise their body temperature to prepare for foraging for food.
They can also go into a state which is known as ‘brumation’. This is often during times of adverse temperatures when they will go into a dormant state for long periods. They will spend this time in isolation in burrows underground or under rocks.
Why are they called Bearded dragons?
They get their name from their distinctive throat, that can be flared out to make them appear bigger, when they are threatened.
They can also appear threatening to males when they are displaying to females who are sexually mature.
Their beard color will at the same time, turn black and then flatten their body to make themselves look wider and then leave their mouth’s open to enhance the effect.
They will only put on these kind of displays when there are more than one bearded dragon in an enclosure or out in the wild. There is no need for them to do this when they live on their own, so you may not see it.
What do Bearded dragons look like?
In terms of their shape, they have broad, triangular-shaped heads with a flat body which is covered in scales and a short tail. They are typically colored a brown-red coloration with a pattern on the head and body a yellow gold. The underside of their body is a paler color.
Breeders of bearded dragons are known for taking advantage of color of individuals, between different regional populations, mutations, so they can breed more selectively for different coloration’s. These mutation are known as color morphs which are what most domestic bearded dragons are.
What do Bearded dragons eat?
They eat a number of animal and plant material when they are in the wild which makes them omnivores.
They do not eat tough material such as branches and wont touch grasses but will consume mainly green leafy plant material, fruits and flowers.
They will also consume most types of insects and smaller mamals where given the opportunity.
You can check out our Bearded Dragon foods page: Here we look at every single food that you may attempt to feed a Bearded dragon and whether it is good for them or not.
What species of Bearded dragons exist?
Bearded dragons are agamid lizards and are found in the Agamidae family and in the genus Pogona.
Most domestic bearded dragons are known as Inland bearded dragons. Inland bearded dragons are scientifically known as Pogona Vitticeps and are the most popular type in size of population and most domestic bearded dragons will be Inland Bearded dragons, although others are kept as pets but in lesser numbers.
Because Australia has very strict conservation laws, it means that the export of reptiles is prohibited and all types of bearded dragons outside Australia will be bred in captivity.
There are six other species of bearded dragon which are;
Pogona Nullarbor: the Nullarbor Bearded dragon. Found in Western and Southern Australia. They measure 14cm with a tail length of 20cm. They are moderately large with a short snout and a strongly depressed body. They are named after the distribution in the ‘Nullarbor Plains’. source Reptile database
Pogona Mitchelli: the North-west Bearded dragon. Found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. They are a moderately large bearded dragon known for its brighter coloration, larger size and wider head. It measures 40 centimeters in length. It was named after Francis John Mitchell, curator of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Source Reptile database
Pogona Minor: the Dwarf Bearded dragon. Found in Western Australia, Northern Territorial and Southern Australia. They are a moderately small species measuring 16 centimeters in body length and 40 centimeters including tail. They are named after Latin ‘minor’ for small or smaller.
Pogona Minima: The Western Bearded dragon. Found in the Wallabi Group of islands. Small and relatively slender bearded dragon with long limbs. Measuring 16cm in body length. Source reptile database
Pogona Henrylawsoni: Rankin’s dragon or Lawson’s dragon or the black-soil bearded dragon. Found in Queensland. Measures 15 centimeters and 30 centimeters including tail. A rare species of Bearded dragon, it does not have a beard though. But still make good pets as they are easy to tame. Source Reptile world
Pogonoa Barbata: the Common Bearded dragon. Found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Moderately large to very large, stout bearded dragons measuring 60 centimeters in total body length. Small numbers of this species exist in captivity and known for being more difficult to breed. Source reptile world
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