Interesting Bearded Dragon Facts

Bearded dragons are amazing creatures and if you either are thinking about getting one, already own one or are just generally interested in the bearded dragon then you might be keen to read up on some bearded dragon facts to find out a little more about them.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of most interesting and fascinating facts about bearded dragons below to give you a bit more knowledge about these wonderful animals!

  • They are capable of changing color and in the wild this is a way for them to both hide from prey and to regulate their body temperature. By making their color lighter they can reflect more light away.
  • Their beard is there to make it look larger to potential enemies and helps to camouflage and disguise their size.
  • The most common species of bearded dragon as a pet is the Inland Bearded Dragon which is also known as the Pogona vitticeps (and formely known as the Amphibolurus vitticeps).
  • The bearded dragon originates in Australia.
  • They belong to the reptile family.
  • They are omnivores and eat plants, inspects, lizards and small rodents.
  • Their predators are usually large goannas, birds of prey and dingoes.
  • Their natural habitats include deserts, scrublands and forests.
  • The average lifespan of the bearded dragon is 4-10 years.
  • They can run up to fifteen and a half kilometers an hour.
  • When a bearded dragon shows submission or recognizes a member of their own species they will stand on three legs and slowly wave one forelimb in a circular motion.
  • They like to climb and are frequently seen on the top of fence posts.
  • On average bearded dragons measure around 13-14 inches in size and weigh around 10-20 ounces.
  • They are cold-blooded animals and their body temperature changes depending on their surroundings.
  • Bearded dragons can run on their hind legs to escape from their predators and whilst this is actually slower than running on all four legs it helps them to regulate their body temperature by raising their body off of the hot ground.
  • The average litter size of a bearded dragon is 15.
  • They tend to live a solitary life.
  • Bearded dragons are extremely territorial lizards and should always be kept in a large enclosure when kept as a pet.
  • Every year bearded dragons go through a period where they become lethargic, eat less, and won’t come out much. This process is similar a mammal’s hibernation period and lasts for about 2-3 months.

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