How many species of Bearded Dragon are there?

They all come from Australia, but in total there are 9 types of bearded dragons (sub species of Pogona)

male pogona vitticeps

There are 9 different types of Bearded Dragons species, these are:

  • Pogona Barbata / Coastal or Eastern Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Henrylawsoni / Rankins or Lawsons Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Microlepidota / Small Scaled or Drysdale River Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Minor Minor / Dwarf Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Minor Minima / Western Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Minor Mitchelli / Mitchells Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Nullarbor / Nullarbor Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Vitticeps / Inland or Central Bearded Dragon
  • Pogona Vittikins / Naturally occuring and captive crossbreed between P. Vitticeps and P. Henrylawsoni (aka P. Rankini)

Pogona Barbata / Coastal or Eastern Bearded Dragon

Also known as Jew Lizard, Frilly Lizard (Not to be confused with the Frilled Lizard)
Location Common mostly found around Eastern Australia but has been found centrally as well as in the South
Habitat Dry wooded areas
Appearance Generally grey/black in colour with colour tinge on forepart of the head, juveniles with lighter colours but strong patterns
Overall Adult Length Male: 60cm / 24 inches
Female: 50cm / 20 inches
Diet Omnivore. Eats a range of insects (crickets, grasshoppers), worms, plants and small mice & reptiles
Behaviour / Traits Diurnal – active during the day
Semi Arboreal – like to climb and live perched in trees but will move to lower cooler places
Typically terroritorial requiring more space with a less docile temperament than the Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona Vitticeps)

Pogona Henrylawsoni / Lawsons Bearded Dragon

Also known as Pogona Brevis, Pogona Rankini, Pogona Vittikins (natural crossbred with Pogona Vitticeps), Rankin’s Dragon, Dumpy Dragon, Black Soil Bearded Dragon, also confused with the Dwarf Bearded Dragon
Location Common mostly found in central/ western Queensland,  Australia
Habitat Hot, arid/dry rocky areas
Appearance Generally light in colour, Mix of beige/ khaki with a dark stripes under the chin , a light coloured stripe over the eye. Dark striping on the tail, small beard
Overall Adult Length 30cm / 12 inches
Diet Omnivore. Eats a range of insects (crickets, grasshoppers), worms, plants
Behaviour / Traits Diurnal – active during the day
Semi Arboreal – they really love to climb!
Kept in captivity, they generally like to wave on the glass as a sign that they want to come out and poo on your carpet!

Pogona Microlepidota / Small Scaled or Drysdale River Bearded Dragon

Also known as Kimberley Bearded Dragon, Drysdale Bearded Dragon
Location Small coastal region (Drysdale river) in north Kimberley, in north west Australia
Habitat Coastal/ open woodland, bushes
Appearance Less noticeable scales and spikes than other Pogona
Overall Adult Length 10-15cm / 4-6 inches
Diet Mainly insects
Behaviour / Traits Not much known, very rare

Pogona Minor Minor / Dwarf Bearded Dragon

Also known as Often confused with the Western Bearded Dragon and Mitchells Bearded Dragon since all three are sub species
Location Common mostly found around Western and central Australia
Habitat Scrubland, woodland, rocky areas and desert
Appearance Dark in colour with shorter legs and tail than the other dragons typically with a smaller head and almost unnoticeable beard
Overall Adult Length 35-40cm / 14-18 inches
Diet Omnivore
Behaviour / Traits Unknown

Pogona Minor Minima / Western Bearded Dragon

Also known as n/a
Location Western Australia and the Wallabi Group of the Houtman Albrohos Islands
Habitat Dry wooded areas
Appearance Longer tail than the other Pogona Minors
Overall Adult Length 30cm / 12 inches
Diet Omnivorous
Behaviour / Traits Unknown

Pogona Minor Mitchelli / Mitchells Bearded Dragon

Also known as n/a
Location North western Australia
Habitat Ranges from semi-tropical woodlands to arid desert
Appearance Large conical spikes on the head not seen in other species
Overall Adult Length 45cm / 18 inches
Diet Omnivore
Behaviour / Traits Unknown

Pogona Nullarbor / Nullarbor Bearded Dragon

Also known as Banded Bearded Dragons
Location Nullarbor plain, south Australia
Habitat Flat arid sparse shrubland
Appearance Banding on back and tail – large white stripes on back
Overall Adult Length 35cm / 14 inches
Diet Omnivore
Behaviour / Traits Unknown

Pogona Vitticeps / Central Bearded Dragon

Also known as Yellow Headed Bearded Dragon
Location Common mostly found in central Australia
Habitat Dry shrubland and forest, rocky desert
Appearance Various colours ranging from browns and greys to reds, oranges, whites and yellows – colours are selectively bred in captivity.
Overall Adult Length 60cm / 24 inches
Diet Omnivore. Eats a range of insects (crickets, grasshoppers), worms, vegetation. Generally will eat more vegetation than insects after sexual maturity.
Behaviour / Traits Diurnal
Semi Arboreal
Very docile temperament