Inland Bearded Dragon

Pogona vitticeps

What the keeper says:

Bearded Dragons are appropriately named due to their appearance when puffing out their throat.  Dragons will inflate and expand their guttural pouch (which is densely populated with protruding scales and will darken when the lizard is threatened) giving the impression of a ‘beard’.  This accompanied with typical male head bobbing makes the lizard appear larger and intimidating to potential predators or competing males.  Both sexes are similar in size with a flattened and thorny appearance, although the male usually has a larger head and thicker tail base, and are covered with an assortment of specialised scales.  They’re predominantly grey with some variations toward orange, fawn, brown and black, but this is dependent on locality, temperature and age.

Did you know?

There are actually 7 different species of Bearded Dragons all belonging to the Genus Pagona, and all in Australia.

Home: Mainly Central Australia

Habitat: Open woodlands, arid scrub and semi-desert regions, largely terrestrial although will occasionally climb tree trunks, fence posts, large rocks. 

Diet: They’re opportunistic feeders, as food is scarce within their environment, feeding mainly on plants and invertebrates, occasionally small mammals, flowers, fruit and sometimes other small lizards.

Lifestyle: They are a diurnal species; becoming active during the day, basking in the sun perched on bushes, logs, rocks and other structures, whilst scanning for food and other Bearded Dragons, as they’re a territorial species.

Young: Around 14 eggs per clutch, however females are capable of storing sperm laying numerous clutches of fertile eggs from one male. Eggs are laid in a shallow nest dug in sand, and are left unattended.  Incubation period is around 50-70 days long and once hatched the young will be completely independent.

Lifespan: Around 8-12 years (in captivity) 5-8 (in the wild)

Conservation Status: Not evaluated (NE) Are not thought to be endangered in the wild.