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Bearded dragon

Bearded dragon

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Scientific Name:

Pogona vitticeps


Distribution

Eastern and central Australia


Diet:

Omnivore. Plant matter, insects, and the occasional small rodent or lizard


Facts

Habitat: Desert to dry forests and scrublands

 

Incubation: 24 eggs, incubation 50-70 days.

 

Social structure: Solitary, small groups

 

Weight: 350-600g

 

Dimensions: 30-40cm

 

Lifespan: 10-15

 

IUCN Status: Not evaluated

 

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown

 

Threats: There are no major threat to this species. Individuals for the pet trade are captive bred, as since 1960 Australia has banned any export of its native species.

 

Did you know that:

  1. Their “beard”, an expandable throat pouch with spiky scales, is inflated or darkens to display aggression or part of a mating ritual.
  2. Their arms wave as a signal of submission to more dominant individuals.
  3. They lay up to 9 clutches per year. Females can store sperm and are able to lay many clutches of fertile eggs from one mating.
  4. To heat up they sit in the sun or turn their skin darker to absorb more heat. To cool off they hide out of the sun, or change to a lighter colour.
  5. The skin color depends on the soil of the region they live in.



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