Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are living beings with specific needs, wants, and feelings, just like you and I. They require time, money, love, understanding, and dedication -10-15 years' worth in many cases. Having bearded dragons in your life can be a wonderful experience and very rewarding, but only if you think through your decision very carefully before you adopt and ensure you and your family understand all that will be required of you as a responsible, loving bearded dragon guardian (owner).


Animal Care - Bearded Dragons

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Male bearded dragons are typically bigger than females.

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True to their name, bearded dragons have a “beard” under their chin. Their “beard” is actually a spiny pouch called a “dewlap.”

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Bearded dragons have a behavioural trait called arm waving in which they lift one arm up slowly, and then back down again. This is believed to be a form of communication.

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Female bearded dragons have thinner tails than males.

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Bearded dragons have a large field of vision but they have poor depth perception.

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Bearded dragons are known to sleep in awkward positions.

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Bearded dragons are native to Australia.

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Many bearded dragon guardians refer to their companion animals as “beardies.”

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Bearded dragons can run as fast as 14.5km per hour. They also have the ability to run on their back legs.

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Bearded dragons are awake during the day and asleep at night, just like people. This is called diurnal.

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Bearded dragon tails do not regenerate (grow back).

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Much like horses, bearded dragons can sleep while standing up.

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Bearded dragons have spines that grow on their head, throat, and the sides of their bodies.

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Bearded dragons can be green, yellow, brown, or grey in colour.

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When threatened, bearded dragons will often hiss.

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Bearded dragons can live for about 10-15 years.

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The average size of a bearded dragon is 45cm from nose to tail. That’s bigger than a standard ruler!