Bearded Dragons

Firstly, welcome to a collection of information I have learnt first hand from keeping and breeding various Bearded Dragons. I am not a qualified herpetologist so while I have written a lot of information on this website for Beardies and pretty much everything that you’ll need to successfully keep them as a pet, this is no substitute for a good book on the subject if your are new to keeping these dragons.

The most commonly found Bearded Dragons in the wild are also the most commonly found in the pet shops (Pogona Vitticeps and Pogona Henrylawsoni). Due to their friendly, inquisitive and hardy nature they are ideal as beginner pets for anyone (even young children) interested in keeping reptiles. They also display a variety of characteristics and mannerisms from head bobbing, tail waving and arm waving – not to mention changing colours, puffing up their beard and bodies.

The most common you’ll find will be the Pogona Vitticeps and although naturally they are a variety of browns and beige after decades of breeding in captivity a variety of different colour strains are available. The Pogona Vitticeps will live for up to 10 years and grow to around 24 inches/ 60 cm head to tail in good conditions (this also means they will require a fair amount of space) – a good pet shop/ breeder will keep them in small groups or singularly in a large enclosure. If you don’t have the space then although normally more expensive, the Pogona Henrylawsoni, also known as the Rankins or Lawsons Dragon, is a dwarf species with much of the same characteristics but will only grow to around to half the size.

All Bearded Dragons outside of Australia will be bred in captivity as it is now illegal to export them, this also means that there are only two common species of Pogona available outside of Australia, Pogona Vitticeps and Pogona HenryLawsoni – although these have been crossbred to produce Pogona Vittikins.