Bearded Dragon Facts
Scientifically known as Pogona Vitticeps, bearded dragons are medium-sized lizards which are generally 12 – 24 inches in length from head to tail. Bearded dragons are native to Australia, found in the eastern and central parts of the country. They usually live in deserts, woodlands, savannahs, arid and rocky areas, dry forests and scrublands.
Bearded dragons were introduced to the United States during the 1990’s. It can be found almost in all pet shops in America ever since, as one of the most popular reptiles. The most popular bearded dragon in the US is called the Inland or Central Bearded Dragon.
Despite the pet trade, the number of bearded dragons in the wild is still stable. They are not on the list of endangered species.
Interesting Bearded Dragon Facts:
Below is a list of 20 cool bearded dragon facts.
- A bearded dragon is a diurnal animal. This means that as humans, they are active during the day and sleep at night.
- Bearded dragons can reach 12 – 24 inches in length. Male dragons are usually larger than female dragons.
- The bearded dragon’s tail is almost as long as its body.
- A new born bearded dragon weighs about 2 grams and 4 inches in length.
- Bearded dragons are called “bearded” because they can enlarge their throats (that resembles beard) whenever they feel threatened.
- It’s very easy to tell if a bearded dragon is male or a female because of a few distinctive features. Males are usually longer than females and they have wider heads and darker beards. Females have thinner and slenderer tails than males.
- The Bearded dragon is an omnivorous animal which means they can eat both plants and animals. Their favorites food includes insects, small rodents, lizards and leafy plants.
- Bearded dragons greet other members of the group in a unique way. They stand on three legs while rotating the remaining leg in the air. They do the same when showing submission in front of a more dominant male.
- Bearded dragons can flatten their body and enlarge their throats when they feel threatened.
- Bearded dragons can regulate their body temperature by changing the shades of their color of the skin from dark to light and vice versa.
- Large lizards, birds of prey and dingoes are bearded dragons’ main predators.
- Unlike other lizards, bearded dragons cannot detach their tails when they try to escape predators.
- In the wild, when threatened, bearded dragons often stand on their hind legs to run from the threat.
- Unlike other lizards, if a bearded dragon loses his/her tail or other part of the body, except their front teeth, it will not regrow.
- Bearded dragon can lose its front teeth when trying to grab or tear apart its prey. But it can grow back.
- Bearded dragons are not very good runners. They can run only 9 miles per hour.
- Bearded dragons are able to breed throughout the year. They don’t have any specific breeding seasons.
- Bearded dragons usually reach their sexual maturity between 8 to 12 months of age.
- Bearded dragons live somewhere between 4 to 14 years.
- When a bearded dragon is sick, their backs become black, and their legs become light yellow.