Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

Check out Australia Zoo’s Bearded Dragon!

You’ll need a keen eye to spot these spiky, sun-loving reptiles as they have mastered the art of camouflage!  For your chance to say g’day to these gorgeous lizards, keep your eyes peeled for our Wandering Wildlife Team or check out our lizard display.

 

Bearded Dragon standing half in bowl of lettuce, half out up close.

 

Several species of bearded dragons are found across Australia, typically in arid or semi-arid environments.  The east coast has its own distinct species and it is the one we have at Australia Zoo.  They acquired the name bearded dragon from the distinct beard-like skin under their jaws.  This ‘beard’ is used to bluff any would-be predators.  When feeling threatened, they will puff out their beard and show their spiny exterior.  Amazingly, these bearded beauties can regulate their own body temperature through changing colour!  They are able to slightly darken their colour in order to attract heat during cooler days.

 

Bearded Dragon laying on rocks with full body showing looking left.

 

Throughout breeding season, bearded dragons have a very intricate set of communication tools, and crikey, testosterone flies!  Males will strut their stuff in order to impress the ladies.  They bite each other’s tail, flare their beards and bob their heads to show dominance.  These dragons are omnivores.  They will patrol the warm daylight hours in search of small insects, vertebrates, fruits and leaves.

 

Bearded Dragon from neck up showing detail of neck.

 

Whilst this species is still fairly common, they are often preyed upon by foxes, domestic dogs and cats, as well as hit on our roads by vehicles.  Help us keep this beautiful lizard safe by keeping an eye on your pets and watching out for them when driving on country roads.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Reptilia

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Pogona

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    barbata

  • height of animal icon
    Length

    60 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    280 - 510 grams

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Omnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    50 - 80 days