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Bearded Dragon
Beardie
A Bearded Dragon.
Information

Scientific name

Pogona vitticeps

Animal type

Agamid lizard

Size

20-60 cm long (8-24 inches long)

Identification

Broad, slightly flattened body, "crown" of soft spines around the head, neck, and flanks, orange or buff-coloured with a white belly

Distribution

Australia and New Guinea

Habitat

Tropical desert and scrubland

Conservation Status

Domesticated

The Bearded Dragon, informally and affectionately known as the Beardie, is a species of agamid lizard native to Australia, New Guinea, and the surrounding areas. It is moderately sized and in some cases vividly coloured and patterned. Captive-bred bearded dragons come in a variety of color morphs; however, wild dragons are typically buff coloured or grayish. Arguably the most popular lizard of all in captivity, bearded dragons are numerous in zoos, aquariums, and in private collections. Not all bearded dragons are tame; some readily bite, but they are in the minority.

Diet Edit

Usually, when they are younger they will eat more bugs and similar creatures than as they grow. When fully grown, they will prefer to eat leafy green foods, but the occasional meat such as mealworms, crickets, locusts is needed. Sometimes they like to eat things like young mice and small lizards. A typical captive bearded dragon's diet consists mostly of leafy greens and vegetables, supplemented regularly with insects. Crickets are the most popular feeder choice, but bearded dragons can also be fed other insects such as superworms, waxworms, silkworms, butterworms, phoenix worms, and even certain varieties of roaches. Young dragons require a significantly greater insect-to-plant matter ratio in their diets than adults do.

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