Powernubby.com: Fun Facts About Bearded Dragons. There are several breeds of the genus Pogona and Bearded Dragon is a general term describing all of these species. Most commonly when pet enthusiasts use this term they refer to Pogona vitticeps which is called the Inland or Central bearded dragon. These species are the most popular out of all reptiles kept by pet owners.
The genus Pogona originates in Australia and there are approximately eight different species spread over the continent. These beardies are omnivores and some are semi-arboreal.
There are three species that is kept in captivity in the reptile pet world. The Central bearded dragon is the most common which is also referred as the bearded dragon, beardie, wizard of oz and the dragon.
The other two species are the Lawson’s Dragon and the Eastern or Coastal Bearded Dragon. These two are not easily found and are rare with the breeders. The coastal dragon does not tame as pets easily.
The beardie is becoming very popular and are offered in pet shops, breeders and reptile shows. The beardie is a very hardy and docile animal fond in the semi-arid and hot regions of Australia. They like sunlight so in the wild you will see them basking on tree braches or rocks.
The dragons can grow up to 2 feet and their lifespan would be 7 to 12 years. They survive in a variety of habitat like deserts, scrubs and semi-arid forests. They are very rough in texture, spiky looking especially when they puff their beards.
During the day the beardies will stay in the sun most of the time absorbing heat. During the colder spells they will hide and bury themselves under rocks and logs. Their scaled skin texture acts as a camouflage when clinging on branches and is hardly noticed by its prey.
The bearded dragons need heat that helps digest their food and during winter they will eat less and start to hibernate. They also need to regulate their body temperature so they will burrow in the sand and hide to cool off.
The dragons are bred in large quantities in captivity all over the world and in different variations of color patterns. Their price is determined by these breeds. Some of the color morphs are Red, Gold, Tiger, Snow and Translucent.
Red phase is the most common in the designer breeds. Their heads are dark orange-red and a deep red all over the body. Gold is not very distinct from the normal beardies, they are a pale yellow and mustard color over the head and back. The tiger and snow phase are the most newest of the morphs and more colors and patterns are created by the breeders.
The beardies have some very distinct and interesting behaviors like arm waving, head bobbing and the most famous, inflation of their beards.
Fun Facts About Bearded Dragons
Have you ever received a friendly wave from your bearded dragon? Or noticed him bobbing his head like those figurines found on the dash of cars and semitrailers?
Well you’ll be glad to know that this is all perfectly normal. In fact, they’re are quite fun and theirs lots to know about these unique reptiles.
The general facts about Bearded Dragons:
- Bearded dragons are lizards in the agamidae family
- Habitat range from deserts, open woodland to coastal areas
- Includes 6 species and 2 subspecies
- Lifespan – approx 10 years
- Length: range between 10 inches – 2 feet
- Diet – they’re are omnivorous which mean they eat just about anything including, vegetables, fruit, flowers, insects and even small mice
- Great family pets and safe for kids to handle
- Sometimes your dragon may start to eat less or even stop eating altogether. This can be very worrying but it is common for your lizard to do this when they are going through the shedding process. Shedding can take up a lot of energy so the natural reaction is to eat less so that more energy is available for shedding rather than using it on digestion. To help speed up the shedding process to allow your dragon to get back to normal eating patterns, you can give it more frequent mists and baths.
- Eye bulging is another common action displayed by bearded dragons. If you are not expecting this then it can be freaky to see. The initial reaction is that is must be an eye problem or infection. Beardies usually do this to stretch the eye skin whilst shedding.
- There are other reasons that your dragon could display this behavior so if it goes on for an extended period it’s best to visit a vet to get it checked out. More often than not, in instance like this it is usually related to high blood pressure caused by diet.
- Did you know that the main reason the dragon has a beard is to act as a defense mechanism and make it appear larger and more threatening to potential enemies.
- Bearded dragon Breeders have managed to produce a variety of skin colors but lizard green hasn’t yet to be achieved.
- Bobbing the head rapidly and a slightly curved tail tip show aggression whilst circular movements of the arms like waving show submission.
Bearded dragons also display a range of unusual, but natural behaviors. They inflate their beard, bob their head, wave their arms and curl their tail towards their head. It is possible to interpret these behaviors and gain a general understanding of how they feel.
Many different color variations are available today. In many cases this has been a result of selective breeding, however often these colors occur naturally as a result of habitat and diet and some color variations have been observed to be genetic.
Popularity of these reptiles is increasing in the pet trade. This is because they are relatively easy to care for, ideal for both beginner and expert keepers and have a very calm nature.
Listed below are a number of fun facts about Bearded Dragons:
- Beardies can’t ‘lose’ their tails like most other lizards
- They have 2 different types of teeth which unlike other reptiles are used to chew and begin digesting their food – their front teeth do not fall out and grow back!
- Beardies can excrete ‘dry’ urine. As they are desert dwelling reptiles, this allows them to conserve fluids
- They use an organ called the Jacobson’s organ which enables them to detect objects around them
- Beardies have excellent vision
- Beardies enter a dormant state called brumation (in winter) and aestivation (in summer) where they will go into hiding and appear to ‘sleep’ for weeks at a time
- Bearded dragons form a hierarchy when kept in the same enclosure
- Fireflies are very toxic to bearded dragons.
- In the wild the lizard will actually stand up on its hind legs to run away from any danger.
Bearded dragons is a very interesting animal. Though a dragon-like face that might be creepy, so many fun facts about bearded dragons which is surprising. There is nothing wrong if you consider this animal to be nurtured.