Latin Name: Pogona
There are three types of Bearded Dragon including the Central or Inland Bearded Dragon (Pongona vtticeps), Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pongona barbata) and the Pygmy Bearded Dragon (Pongona henrylawsoni)
Length: 25 – 60 cm (10 to 24 inches)
Lifespan: 3 – 5 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.
Bearded Dragons are omnivores, feeding mainly on small mammals, other reptiles, insects, spiders and plant material such as flowers and seeds.
Breeding and reproduction of Bearded Dragons:
After a successful conception the female has a 5 week gestation period. The female then digs a burrow in which she will lay 20 – 30 eggs. The eggs hatch after a 60 – 75 day incubation period.
Bearded Dragons can lay as many as 8 or 9 clutches of eggs a year.
The Bearded Dragons preferred habitats are semi-arid woodlands and arid areas such as rocky deserts.
Interesting facts on Bearded Dragons
They are also known by the nicknames, “Beardie” and Lizard of Oz”
Most of the Bearded Dragons found outside Australia today are believed to be related to Beardies that were smuggled out of the country between the 1970’s and 90’s.
They can also be seen basking with their mouths open as excess body heat is lost from the surface of the tongue, just as crocodiles do.