Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon Facts
Size 12-24 in (30-60 cm)
Speed Up to 25 mph (40 km/h)
Weight 0.5-1.1 lb (250-510 g)
Lifespan 6-15 years
Food Omnivore
Predators Birds, snakes, crocodiles
Habitat Australia
Class Reptiles
Order Scaled reptiles
Suborder Iguanas
Family Agamidae
Scientific name Pogona
Characteristics Spikes along its side; exposed eardrum
Fan Facts L.R.„I Feel Threatened!“

If a bearded dragon displays its beard and opens its mouth, or its beard changes color, it feels threatened. These gestures are also used during mating displays and territory defense.

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The Beard

How does the bearded dragon displays its beard? It contracts muscles on its tongue bone.

Like a Chameleon

A bearded dragon can change its color at will, or even just change certain parts, like its beard. They also use this color changing trick to control their body temperature.

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„I Give In!“

A slow nodding or a wave of the arm signals submission.

„I’m the Boss!“

If a bearded dragon nods its head quickly, this signals dominance. This behavior can often be seen in males.

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No One can Resist...

...a little nap. Even a bearded dragon. They love to lounge on tree trunks or stumps.

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