How many species of Bearded Dragon are there?

Bearded-Dragon-(Pogona-Vitticeps)

They all come from Australia, but in total there are 9 types of bearded dragons (sub species of Pogona)

There are 9 different types of Bearded Dragons species, these are:

  • Pogona Barbata / Coastal or Eastern Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Henrylawsoni / Rankins or Lawsons Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Microlepidota / Small Scaled or Drysdale River Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Minor Minor / Dwarf Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Minor Minima / Western Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Minor Mitchelli / Mitchells Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Nullarbor / Nullarbor Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Vitticeps / Inland or Central Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Vittikins / Naturally occurring and captive crossbreed between P. Vitticeps and P. Henrylawsoni (aka P. Rankini)

Pogona Barbata / Coastal or Eastern Bearded Dragon

Also known asJew Lizard, Frilly Lizard (Not to be confused with the Frilled Lizard)
LocationCommon mostly found around Eastern Australia but has been found centrally as well as in the South
HabitatDry wooded areas
AppearanceGenerally grey/black in colour with colour tinge on forepart of the head, juveniles with lighter colours but strong patterns
Overall Adult LengthMale: 60cm / 24 inches, Female: 50cm / 20 inches
DietOmnivore. Eats a range of insects (crickets, grasshoppers), worms, plants and small mice & reptiles
Behaviour / TraitsDiurnal – active during the day. Semi Arboreal – like to climb and live perched in trees but will move to lower cooler places. Typically territorial requiring more space with a less docile temperament than the Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona Vitticeps)

Pogona Henrylawsoni / Lawsons Bearded Dragon

Also known asPogona Brevis, Pogona Rankini, Pogona Vittikins (natural crossbred with Pogona Vitticeps), Rankin’s Dragon, Dumpy Dragon, Black Soil Bearded Dragon, also confused with the Dwarf Bearded Dragon
LocationCommon mostly found in central/ western Queensland,  Australia
HabitatHot, arid/dry rocky areas
AppearanceGenerally light in colour, Mix of beige/ khaki with a dark stripes under the chin , a light coloured stripe over the eye. Dark striping on the tail, small beard
Overall Adult Length30cm / 12 inches
DietOmnivore. Eats a range of insects (crickets, grasshoppers), worms, plants
Behaviour / TraitsDiurnal – active during the day.
Semi Arboreal – they really love to climb!
Kept in captivity, they generally like to wave on the glass as a sign that they want to come out and poo on your carpet!

Pogona Microlepidota / Small Scaled or Drysdale River Bearded Dragon

Also Known AsKimberley Bearded Dragon, Drysdale Bearded Dragon
LocationSmall coastal region (Drysdale river) in north Kimberley, in north west Australia
HabitatCoastal/ open woodland, bushes
AppearanceLess noticeable scales and spikes than other Pogona
Overall Adult Length10-15cm / 4-6 inches
DietMainly insects
Behaviour / TraitsNot much known, very rare

Pogona Minor Minor / Dwarf Bearded Dragon

Also Known AsOften confused with the Western Bearded Dragon and Mitchells Bearded Dragon since all three are sub species
LocationCommon mostly found around Western and central Australia
HabitatScrubland, woodland, rocky areas and desert
AppearanceDark in colour with shorter legs and tail than the other dragons typically with a smaller head and almost unnoticeable beard
Overall Adult Length35-40cm / 14-18 inches
DietOmnivore
Behaviour / TraitsUnknown

Pogona Minor Minima / Western Bearded Dragon

Also known asN/A
LocationWestern Australia and the Wallabi Group of the Houtman Albrohos Islands
HabitatDry wooded areas
AppearanceLonger tail than the other Pogona Minors
Overall Adult Length30cm / 12 inches
DietOmnivorous
Behaviour / TraitsUnknown

Pogona Minor Mitchelli / Mitchells Bearded Dragon

Also known asN/A
LocationNorth western Australia
HabitatRanges from semi-tropical woodlands to arid desert
AppearanceLarge conical spikes on the head not seen in other species
Overall Adult Length45cm / 18 inches
DietOmnivore
Behaviour / TraitsUnknown

Pogona Nullarbor / Nullarbor Bearded Dragon

Also known asBanded Bearded Dragons
LocationNullarbor plain, south Australia
HabitatFlat arid sparse shrubland
AppearanceBanding on back and tail – large white stripes on back
Overall Adult Length35cm / 14 inches
DietOmnivore
Behaviour / TraitsUnknown

Pogona Vitticeps / Central Bearded Dragon

Also known asYellow Headed Bearded Dragon
LocationCommon mostly found in central Australia
HabitatDry shrubland and forest, rocky desert
AppearanceVarious colours ranging from browns and greys to reds, oranges, whites and yellows – colours are selectively bred in captivity.
Overall Adult Length60cm / 24 inches
DietOmnivore. Eats a range of insects (crickets, grasshoppers), worms, vegetation. Generally will eat more vegetation than insects after sexual maturity.
Behaviour / TraitsDiurnal

 

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