Inland/Central Bearded Dragon

Inland/Central Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps

Type of Animal:

Subtropical/tropical/temperate arid/semi-arid woodland, desert, savanna, scrubland, shrubland, arid rocky semi-desert, shore areas, dry forest, eucalyptus woodland, hummock grassland (w/ scattered trees)

Australia-SE N Territory, E South Australia, W Queensland, W New South Wales, far NW Victoria

Come in different colors-tan, gray, reddish-brown, brown, red, yellow, white, & orange, named for pouch-like projection on underside of neck/chin area, males have darker beards than females, flattened body, scaly throughout, large round eyes, spikes on sides, often yellowish around eyes & side of head

Insects, worms, insect larvae, grubs, spiders, slugs, greens, vegetables, fruit, legumes, berries, small mammals, eggs, small reptiles, plant material, grasses, leaves, weeds, flowers, snails, grains
Status in Wild:

Export from Australia banned in 1960s. Widely bred for pet trade & herpetoculture.

Solitary or small groups of a dominant male, 2-8 female, & ocassionally, 1-3 subordinate males.
Additional Info:

Young: Hatchling
Group: Colony
Male: 1.1 lbs
Female: 0.6 lbs
2.5-4 months 

Life Span:
8-10 years in wild, 12-15 years in captivity

Body Length:
Male: 1.75-2 ft
Female: 1.5 ft
Young: 9 in

Tail Length:
Male: 10.5-12 in
Female: 9 in
Young: 4.5 in

Main predators are larger lizards, snakes, predatory birds, dingoes, cats, foxes, pigs, & crocodiles. Adult beardies sometimes prey on juveniles.
Dominant males highly territorial, sometimes fighting to the death.
They love to bask in the sun.
When stressed, scales become tense & spiky & throat/beard puffs out. When relaxed, scales flatter/smoother.
Male beards darken when ready to breed. Beards on both sexes darken when stressed/threatened.
Females lay 15-25 eggs per clutch.
Puff up & make themselves look bigger to deter predators.

Fun Fact(s):
They can sleep standing up.
One of most popular pet lizards due to ease of care, docility, & tamablity.
These animals often head-bob-fast head-bobs indicate aggression/desire to fight (very common when males encounter each other or when males defend territory), slow head-bobs indicate submission (whether it’s same-sex or female to male. Males tend to be dominant), quick & jerky head-bobs indicate male’s ready to breed & receptive females will arm-wave.
While they can’t regrow lost tails/limbs, they can regrow teeth.
Can run at speeds of up to 9 mph if alarmed, often on 2 legs.

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