The bearded dragons have their name because they have long spiky structures on the head and neck that remind of a beard.
Bearded dragons belong to the reptiles or reptiles and there to the family of Agamas. They are brown-blue-gray colored with a diamond-shaped pattern. The color is different from animal to animal. Some are yellowish or rusty red.
They also change their color when they sunbathe – they then become darker. The ventral side is light gray to beige. The chin fold has large, beard-like spikes of skin. The head is triangular in shape.
On the side of the head sits an oval spot: This is the eardrum, ie the hearing organ of the bearded dragon. They do not have an auricle. Front and hind legs are short and strong, with relatively large claws.
How Big Do Bearded Dragons Get?
The size of bearded dragons varies from specie to specie. Some species are bigger than others. However, on average, from the head to the fuselage they measure 25 centimeters, up to the tip of the tail up to 60 centimeters. So the tail is longer than the body and head together.
The body is slightly flattened and widens in the middle. Bearded dragons weigh between 250 and 500 grams.
Bearded Dragons are only found on the Australian continent. There they occur everywhere except in the areas in the far north.
Bearded dragons live in dry habitats such as savannas, bush steppes, semi-deserts and deserts. Only a few grasses and dwarf shrubs grow there.
Races and species
There are eight different species of bearded dragons that belong to the genus Pogona. In addition to the eastern bearded dragon, these are, for example, the miniature bearded dragon or the Kimberley bearded dragon, the small bearded dragon or the western bearded dragon.
34 genera with more than 300 species belong to the family of Agamas. They live in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia and Africa.
Bearded Dragon Lifespan
According to a trusted source bearded dragons lifespan can vary from 5 to 15 years. How long a bearded dragon will live depends on many things such as their diet, health and environment.