Bearded Dragon Facts

A useful collection of miscellaneous facts, figures and Bearded Dragon information and you can find more detailed articles on the right.

Where do Bearded Dragons Come From?

Bearded Dragons only come from Australia

They live in hot arid climates, such as semi-desert areas and dry woodland

Bearded Dragons are semi-arboreal, they love to climb and jump as well as burrow

It is now illegal to export wild dragons outside of Australia, Bearded Dragons are now bred in captivity for sale worldwide

While there is little water in their habitat they do actually enjoy swimming/ wading in shallow water nearly as much as they enjoy pooing in it!

Here’s more information on where Bearded Dragons come from

What do Bearded Dragons Look Like?

They are scientifically known as Pogona which is a sub species of the Agaminae family of lizards which are then part of the Agamidae species. Read more details about the features of Bearded Dragons

They share many physiological features found in other Agamid lizards as well as things such as habitat, diet, behaviour.

Bearded Dragons have very strong legs and can move at an astonishing rate if they need to, generally though they can only sustain short bursts

They are called Bearded Dragons because of the beard like pouch under the mouth that they can inflate and the dark colours that it will turn

There are 9 species of Pogona / Bearded Dragon although some could be classed as the same since only the location of habitat varies

In captivity Pogona Vitticeps has been bred in to a multitude of different colours and markings

They have excellent eyesight and can see prey over a fair distance

It has been known for them to run on their hind legs, although this is claimed to be seen in the wild – I have yet to see it

Bearded Dragon Behaviour

There’s more in-depth info on the behaviour of Bearded Dragons but below are the basics.

Pogona are diurnal, meaning that these lizards are active during the daytime

They display a variety of communication methods between themselves such as arm waving, head bobbing, colour changes and inflating their bodies into a disc shape to face off against each other

In groups, more dominate dragons will often climb and lie on top of another dragon in order to claim a basking spot

They are very territorial and can be aggressive to other dragons, especially between males

They will bite and nip at toes and tails of other dragons and even attempt to steal food from another Beardies mouth

Most adult dragons are docile and friendly with a good temperament, they can be quite outgoing and adventurous at times

They display some basic signs of intelligence, I have one dragon that recognises the sound of a bag of locusts and another that know where the food is kept and will always attempt to break in

Bearded Dragon Diet

Below are the summary facts, but there’s a lot more to read up on in this collection of articles on Bearded Dragon diet, food & nutrition

Pogona/ Agamids are generally omnivorous eating anything from vegetation and insects to small mammals such as mice

They can go for weeks without eating although generally are very greedy eaters

I have yet to find anything that a dragon won’t eat, it’s more a case of preventing them from things that they shouldn’t eat

They need a supply of calcium and vitamin D3, using UVB radiation from the sunlight to help produce/ metabolise it

Bearded Dragon Life Span

Average life span is around 5-8 years

Pogona Vitticeps for example can live for up to 10 years and grow to up to 60cm / 24 inches in captivity

Life span is significantly reduced in poor habitat or constant breeding

You can read more about the life span of Bearded Dragons. by clicking that link.

Breeding Bearded Dragons

Courting behaviour can last for weeks

In captivity they are prolific at breeding, with a high success rate for the young, you can quickly end up with 50 baby dragons with no effort

They can lay up to 150 eggs over several clutches

The female can store sperm to use when she has eggs to fertilise them

You can find more out more about how to breed bearded dragons on this site.

Bearded Dragon Brumation / Hibernation

Similar to mammals they will have extended periods of rest where they shut down/ sleep for a few months, this is known as brummation

When brummating they should be left alone and temperature inside the enclosure should be reduced

Bearded Dragon Owners Survey 2013

Adult Male Bearded Dragon

This survey is designed to learn more about the variations and demographics of bearded dragons around the world and the conditions that they’re kept in. Please take a few minutes to answer it.