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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

Main Characteristics

Bearded dragons are lizards. They belong to the so-called squamata order. They're native to Australia. There are eight types, including the Rankin's dragon, the Kimberley bearded dragon and the dwarf bearded dragon. The animals are active during the day and mainly feed on insects.

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Fan Facts L.R.Anatomy and Appearance

Do Bearded Dragons Have a Beard?

Yes, but it isn't made of hair. The bearded dragon can even puff it out by contracting muscles on its tongue bone.


Bearded Dragon Bearded Dragon - Photo: bloomphoto/Shutterstock


When Bearded Dragons 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.

A slow nodding or a wave of the arm signals submission. If a bearded dragon nods its head quickly, this signals dominance. This behavior can often be seen in males.

Bearded Dragons Enjoy Sitting on Tree Trunks

No one can resist a little nap. Even a bearded dragon. They love to lounge on tree trunks or stumps.

Bearded Dragon Bearded Dragon - Photo: Chavarin jantanabuppa/Shutterstock


Senses and Abilities

Bearded Dragons Can Change Their Color

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

Bearded Dragon Bearded Dragon - Photo: Worraket/Shutterstock

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