Central Bearded Dragon

Scientific Name Pogona vitticeps

Native To Central Australia

Habitat ranges from desert to arid woodland

Diet omnivorous – eats crickets, worms, other bugs, plant material, fruit

Size and Age grows up to 60 cm (24 inches) long and lives for 15 years

Natural History

Bearded dragons have several ways that they communicate with one another. One frequently observed interaction is for them to wave their arms at one another. A bearded dragon may raise up on 3 of it legs and use its remaining leg to wave at another dragon. Behaviourists are unsure if this is a sign of recognition or submission, but it’s definitely communication. Male bearded dragons will also bob their heads at each other in a display of dominance. Bearded Dragons got their names due to the spiked nature of their throats, bearded dragons will assume a defensive posture expanding this area to appear larger. Another way they will display dominance is by laying on top of one another. The more dominant dragon will lay on top of the more submissive dragon in order to soak up more UV rays.

Least Concern

Conservation Status

Australia has banned the sale of its wildlife to the pet trade. Despite this, bearded dragons continue to be among the most popular lizards kept as pets in North America. If you are going to get a bearded dragon, first check out your local reptile rescue centre, and if you buy one, ensure it was born in captivity and not wild caught.

Interesting Facts

  1. They are very good climbers
  2. Unlike other lizards, they cannot drop their tails. If their tails do fall off, they do not regrow.
  3. They can change the color of specific parts of their body to regulate body temperature and communicate.
  4. Bearded dragons come in a variety of colors, from red to yellow to sandy beige.