Bearded Dragon

Sunshine

Bearded Dragon

Place of Birth:

AUSTRALIA: Bearded Dragons can be found throughout most of Australia except in the extreme north.   

Eating Habits:

Bearded dragons are omnivores and eat vegetables, insects, and non-citrus fruit. A young bearded dragon can eat anywhere from 20 to 60 insects each day. Approximately 20% of their diet is plant matter.

Quick Facts:

Scientific  Name Pogona Vitticeps
Size Generally 12-24 inches in length from their head to the tip of their tail with a weight of at least 3/4 of a pound.
Color There are many different bearded dragon colors including shades of red, yellow and white and more rare blue, black and purple.  Color is largely depended on  the color of soil they live in.
Lifespan Up to 8 years in the wild and 14 years in captivity.
Eco Status Least Concern – Neither threatened nor endangered.

Habitat:

Bearded dragons inhabit areas from open woodlands to arid scrub and desert regions. They spend a good deal of time perched on bushes, logs and rocks, scanning their territories for food and other bearded dragons. They bask in the sun during mornings and afternoons.

Animal’s Behaviour

Bearded dragons are a medium sized lizard with rich, earth-tone coloration and a triangular head. Their tail is generally half the length of their body, and unlike other lizards will not fall off and regenerate when threatened.  Though fearsome looking, they tend to be mellow and docile, even in the wild. They are fast and can run approximately 9 miles per hour. When threatened, a bearded dragon bobs his head, flattens his body, and puffs out his throat, which resembles a spiky beard. When bearded dragons recognize other members of their species or show submission, they stand on three legs and slowly wave one forelimb in a circular motion. They can regulate their body temperature by changing shades of color, from light to dark. Changing color is also an indicator of their mood. Bearded dragons like to climb and are often found on high points in a terrain.  They will also brumate (hibernate) to avoid cold temperatures and the lack of food and water. Female bearded dragons lay up to 24 eggs per clutch, and up to nine clutches per year.