Category Archives: Bearded dragon species

Central bearded dragon facts

1. Its scientific name is Pogona Vitticeps

2. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata

Class Reptilia

Order Squamata

Family Agamidae

Subfamily Agamidae

Genus Pogona

 

3. It is also known as the Yellow headed bearded dragon

4. It is found mainly in Central Australia

5. At maturity it measures up to 60cm in length from the tip of its tail to the tip of its snout. This makes it the longest species of bearded dragon.

6. It’s tail accounts for half its length

7. It enjoys areas of rocky desert and dry forest and shrubland.

8. It is the species of bearded dragon that is kept widely as a pet around the world.

9. They are very good climbers and can spend much of their time perched on fenceposts, tree stumps and other high objects.

10. They are known for basking on exposed branches or rocks in the morning  and early evening enjoying the sunlight.

11. They retreat to areas of shade or underground burrows during the hottest parts of the day to escape the heat.

12. When they fell threatened they hiss in a soft manner.

13. They communicate to each other by bobbing ther or heads, waving their legs, changes of posture and displays of color.

Nullarbor bearded dragon facts

1. Its scientific name is Pogona Nullarbor

2. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom Animalia

Phylum Chordata

Class Reptilia

Order Squamata

Family Agamidae

Subfamily Agamidae

Genus Pogona

 

3. It is also known as  the banded bearded dragon

4. At maturity it can measure up to 35cm in length from the tip of its tail to the tip of its snout.

5. It enjoys aread of shrubland that is  flat and arid.

6. It is found in Nullarbor plan in South Australia.

7. Compared to other specied of bearded dragon they are moderately large with short tails.

8. They are oviparous which means that they reprodufe by laying eaggs.

9. It is not listed as a species of conservation concern.

10. Their body is wide and quite depressed with 3-7 rows of large spines.
 

Mitchells bearded dragon facts

Here are 7 Mitchells bearded dragon facts

1. It’s scientific name is Pogona Minor Mitchelli

2. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Subfamily Agamidae
Genus Pogona

3. It is found in North Western Australia and the North Western Territory.

4. At maturity, it can measure up to 45 cm in length.

5. It is renown for the large spikes on head which are unique compared to other species of bearded dragon.

6. Some taxonomists consider this species of minor, otherwise known as the Western Bearded Dragon.

7. It is named after Francis John Mitchell (1920-1970) who was a herpetologist and a volunteer at the South Australian Museum and became curator or Reptiles in 1956 and then Curator of Vertebrates from 1966-70. He expanded the herpetology collection and made a significant contribution by initiating new research into reptile skeletons which assisted the understanding of the evolution and relationships of reptiles and amphibians. In 1958 he wrote Adaptive Convergence in Australian Reptiles and his name became attatched the species long afer it was first described, because he re-described it as Denisonia nigrostriata brevicauda, which is a description that did not stick. (source: The Eponym dictionary of reptiles, Beolens, Watkins, Grayson, p. 179)

Sources Reptile-database 

 

 

Western bearded dragon facts

1. It’s scientific name is Pogona Minor

2. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Agamidae
Genus: Pogona

3. If is found in Western Australia, which is where it derives its name from.

4. At maturity measures up to 30 cm from the tip of its tail to the tip of the snout.

5. It enjoys woodlands, heath, arid desert, and even coastal dunes.

6. It has two sub-species Pogona minor minor and Pogona minor minima.

7. The Pogona minor minima, is confined to the Wallabi Group of islands.

Sources; Sidney’s Overview of the bearded dragon species, Wikipedia

Dwarf bearded dragon facts


1. Its scientific name is Pogona Minor Minor.  The scientific name means ‘small’ or ‘smaller’

2. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily: Agamdae
Genus: Pogona

3. It is found in Central and Western Australia, amongst arid landsapes and into the Northern Territory and some offshore islands like Barrow Island. 

4. It is not a species that is under-threat.

5. It has short legs and a short tail meausring up to 40cm from the tip of its tail to the tip of its nose, with a snout-vent length: 15.2 – 19.5 cm.

6. It Is darker in coloring than other bearded dragons.

7. It can vary in color from brown-grey, red-brown to pale grey.

8. It has a row of small, erect spines which runs down its back with a series of two to six spines on each side of the back its neck. It has a set of spines curves above these which run around the back of their head and behind the ear with another series extending along the rear edge of the jaw.

9. As with all bearded dragons, it is mainly insectivorous which means it eats insects and other types of invertebrates, however it also consumes seeds, flowers, and some smaller mammals.

10. It lays its eggs between December and April, with a clutch of between 2 and 19 eggs which are laid in a nesting chamber which is dug out of the ground. Two or more clutches can be produced if the conditions are right.

11. It has an optimal body temperature of between 35 to 39 degrees Celsius and has two ways of regulating its body temperature; by basking to maximize the body area exposed by expanding its ribs. If it is too high, it will seek shade, or it will lie parallel to the sun’s rays. It may also pant, or pale the skin to help reduce its temperature or even burrow into soil.

12. They shed their skin once a month, over a period of days when they rub themselves against rough logs or rocks to scrape off flaking skin. They do this more regularly in spring, summer and autumn when food is more readily available.

13. They are semi-arboreal and will occupy woodland, such as temperate open eucalyptus forest and dry sclerophyll forest and scrubland, grassland rocky hillsides, desert landscapes and sandy, stony soils.

14. When they are basking, they can reach a body temperature of around 39°C.

 

 

8 Small-scaled bearded dragon facts

Here are 8 Small-scaled bearded dragon facts

1. It’s scientific name is Pogona microlepidota

2. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Subfamily Agamidae
Genus Pogona

3. It is also known as the Kimberly bearded dragon or the Drysdale river bearded dragon.

4. It is found in Western Australia

5. It has a small head which is narrow in shape

6. It has 3-5 rows of large spines (rather than one row of small spines) along dorsoventral angle of body It belongs to the family Pogona which are bearded dragons (source: reptile-database)

7. It enjoys living in coastal areas and open woodland.

8.It measures up to 15cm in length from the tip of its tail to the tip of its snout.

Rankin’s Dragon Facts

Here are 16 Rankin’s dragon facts

1. Rankin’s dragon is an agamid lizard and was first described in 1985. It is also known as Lawson’s dragon or Pogona Henrylawsoni, named after the Australian author, Henry Lawson. Its name is still in dispute.

2. It measures less than 30 cm in length.

3. It’s scientific name is Pogona vitticeps

4. Its scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Subfamily Agamidae
Genus Pogona

5. It is also called dwarf bearded dragon, dumpy dragon, pygmy dragon or the black soil bearded dragon.

6. It is native to Queensland

7. They live between six and eight years.

8. At maturity they will have grown to between 25 to 30 cm from the tip of their tail to the tip of their snout.

9. They enjoy rocky, hot and dry habitats.

10. They are known to be keen hunters and will seek out vegetation, worms and insects to consume.

11. They are avoid the attention of predators by attempting to blend into their environment with small variations in their coloring.

12. When they are threatened by a predator they use this beard to frighten them. They have the ability to darken their beard to a black streaky pattern and then they open their mouths and hiss.

13. They tend to live between 6 and 8 years.

14. They are known to carry strains of salmonella

15. They are known to be popular pets

16. They are a social species who communicate with each other in a variety of ways.

eastern bearded dragon facts

25 Interesting Eastern Bearded Dragon Facts

Here are 25 Interesting Eastern Bearded Dragon Facts

1. It’s scientific name is Pogona Barbata.

2. It is found in the dense wooded areas of Australia.

3. Geographically it is most common on the cape York peninsula of Eastern Australia

4. It’s other names are the Jew lizard and the frilly lizard

5. The eastern bearded dragon was first described by Georges Cuvier in 1829 a taxonomist. He named it Amphibolurus barbatus.

6. Adult males can grow to 67cm from the tip of its tail to its snout.

7. Adult females can grow to 50cm in length from the tip of their tails to their snout.

8. It has a head which is triangular in shape and is large .

9. It has a throat that has dark, apiny and grey scales. As with all bearded dragons these can then be flared up to form a beard.

10. They will bite if they are handled in the wild, mainly in defense.

11. Their scientific classification is as follows;

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Agamidae
Subfamily Agamidae
Genus Pogona
Species Pogona barbata

12. There are 7 other species of Bearded Dragon found in the Pogona family;

Pogona henrylawsoni
Pogona microlepidota
Pogona minima
Pogona minor
Pogona mitchelli
Pogona nullarbor
Pogona vitticeps

13. They are diurnal creatures which means that they spend much of their active life in the daytime and sleep at night.

14. They enjoy perching on elevated and exposed objects but like other bearded dragons, retreat to low ground and subterranean burrows to escape the midday heat. This makes the semi arboreal creatures.

15. Males of the species are very territorial and tolerate only females and their young to use their territory.

16. They lay their eggs by digging tunnels and burrows to store their eggs in.

17. They are omnivores and feed on a number of different small animals such as mice, small reptiles and insects as well as snails, worms, flowers, Fruits and soft plants.

18. They are not a threatened creature and are reported to be a species of least concern.

19. Eastern bearded dragons are the most common species of bearded dragon to be found as pets

21. They are mottled grey in color with some tones of yellow with paired pale blotches on its spine. It has a stripe behind the eye to the ear.

22. Their underside is also grey in color with darker circles.

23. They are often found with their mouth’s open.

24. They have spines across their body particularly on their sides.

25. When they are frightened they will freeze so as not to startle the predator.

 

 

Image “Eastern-Bearded-Dragon-2.2,-Vic,-3.1.2008” by jjron – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons