There are several species of Bearded Dragon, all lizards in
genus Pogona, native to various regions of
Australia. The most common, shown, is the Inland or Central
The Inland Bearded Dragon lives in arid semi-desert habitat but
other bearded dragons live in wooded, shore and other
terrain. Members of the agama family, they cannot shed their
tail like some other lizards but they can run fast on two
hind legs to escape predators.
All have the ability to raise the spines under their chin
(the "beard") as a threat display (both males and females).
They also have a number of other communication mechanisms
such as bobbing the head (dominance) or raising an arm
(submission). They are territorial and establish a
Adults can reach 2 feet long. Diet is mainly insects for the
young and insects with fruits/vegetation for the adults.
Juveniles (above centre and right) are more strongly marked
than adults. Adults can turn darker or lighter to regulate
their temperature. Various red and yellow colours are bred
in the pet trade.