The name Bearded Dragon does not only refer
to one lizard as you may expect. The name is used for
one of eight different species in the genus Pogona.
The most popular of the genus is the Inland Bearded
Dragon (the Bearded
Dragon Caresheet is for this species), which is
exported around the world for the pet trade. They are
becoming so popular in fact, that the Inland Bearded
Dragon may soon rival the Green Iguana in popularity.
What do Bearded Dragons look like?
Most of the species of Bearded Dragons grow
to roughly the same size. They all have triangular heads,
which are very broad as well. Their bodies look to be
slightly flattened, with their sides extruding with
small spines. When fully grown, the average Bearded
Dragon will reach about 20 inches in total length, head
to tail. The males are usually a bit longer then the
females, but conversely, the females tend to be slightly
The reference in their name to a beard comes from the
spines around their head and the base of their tail.
Unlike many lizards, the spines come out at a horizontal
angle, and not straight up in the air. When they are
angry or frightened, Bearded Dragons can puff out their
spines, making it look even more like a beard.
Take a look at these Bearded
Dragon Pictures to get a clearer idea about
How long do Bearded Dragons live?
Bearded Dragons have a natural life expectancy from
between 5 and 10 years. Of course, natural predation
and other environmental factors severely limit their
life span in some cases. In an ideal, proper, and clean
captive environment, Bearded Dragons can reach the 10
What do Bearded Dragons eat?
All the species of Bearded Dragons are omnivores. This
means their diet consists of both meat and vegetation.
For the meat side, Bearded Dragons' main course are
insects and small invertebrates. Larger Bearded
Dragons will even eat small mice (and other
small vertebrates). As for plants, they tend to stick
with softer plant matter such as flowers, leafy greens,
fruits and vegetables. Bearded Dragons start to regularly
eat more plants as they get older.
Bearded Dragons Habitat
All eight species of Bearded Dragons are native to
Bearded Dragon Distribution Map). The natural Bearded
Dragon habitat where they are commonly found
is desert and scrub, but they can also found in open
woodland areas. As hatchlings and juveniles, Bearded
Dragons tend to be semi-arboreal, spending some of their
time climbing and resting in trees. As they mature and
get older, they tend to stay on the ground, climbing
branches only to bask in the sunlight.
Types of Bearded Dragons
As mentioned, there are 8 different types of
Bearded Dragons, all of which are classified
as separate species, not subspecies.
Pogona barbata - Eastern or Common bearded dragon
Pogona henrylawsoni - Black soil bearded dragon
Pogona microlepidota - Kimberly bearded dragon
Pogona minima - Western bearded dragon
Pogona minor - Dwarf bearded dragon
Pogona mitchelli - Northwest bearded dragon
Pogona nullarbor - Nullabor bearded dragon
Pogona vitticeps - Central or Inland bearded
Bearded Dragon Classification
|- Kingdom: Animalia
| - Division: Chordata
| - Class: Reptilia
| - Order: Squamata
| - Family: Agamidae
| - Genus: Pogona
| - Species: Pogona spp.