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Bearded Dragon Fact Sheet
Bearded Dragon Common Name(s):

Bearded dragon, Central Bearded dragon, Common Bearded dragon, Inland Bearded dragon or Yellow-headed Bearded dragon. The terms Beardie, Bearded, “Tata dragon” & “Lizard of Oz” are also used by hobbyist.

Bearded Dragon Scientific Name: Pogona vitticeps
Bearded Dragon Birth Size: 8 – 10 cm / 3 – 4 " (incl. tail)
Bearded Dragon Mature Size: 30 – 60 cm / 12 – 24 " (incl. tail)
Bearded Dragon Colour & Pattern Morphs:

Black tiger, Blood, Cawley orange, Cawley red, Crimson red, Coral, Desert red, Fire-tiger, Flaming red, Ghost, Gold, Golden headed, Hypo translucent, Hypo melanistic, Hypo pastel, Lavender, Lemon fire, Lime, Orange fire, Orange phase, Pastel, Red desert, Red flame, Red headed, Red hypo, Salmon hypo, Sandfire orange, Sandfire orange-gold, Sandfire red, Sandfire red-gold, Sandfire yellow, Sunburst, Sunburst red, Snow, Snow pastel, Yellow phase and probably many more.

Bearded Dragon Pattern Morphs: Tiger morphs & Patternless morphs. Colour and pattern morph mixtures include the Orange and Red tiger.
Bearded Dragon Temperature: 24 – 34 ºC / 75 – 93 ºF temperature gradient & a 35 – 40 ºC / 95 – 104 ºF hot spot. Night temperatures can drop to as low as 17 ºC / 63 ºF.
Brumation (hibernation): None, but some become more inactive during colder months (winter slumber). A period of at least two months, where the temperatures are adequately dropped, are recommended for adequate rest before a new breeding season.
Danger To Man:

Beardies have extremely strong jaws and males & females might bite when hungry. Males might be aggressive (but will usually not bite) during the breeding season.

Bearded Dragon Life Span: Up to twelve years (avg. 5 – 8).
Bearded Dragon Captive Care Food:

Vertebrates & Invertebrates: crickets, mealworms, locusts, cockroaches, grasshoppers, fly ants & pinkies (nestling mice). Vegetables: baby marrows, beetroot, bell pepper, bok choy, carrots, corn / maize, cucumber, green beans, kale, patty pans peas, pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, yams, zucchini. Fruit: apple, apricots, bananas, blueberries, dates, figs, grapes, kiwis, mango, melon, orange-fleshed squash, papayas, peaches, pear, plums, raspberries, strawberries. Leaves / herbs: alfalfa / lucerne, basil, carrots, celery, collard greens, dandelion, escarole, mustard greens, nasturtium, oregano, parsley, radish leaves, rocket, romaine lettuce, rosemary, swiss chard. Flowers: nasturtium, lucerne / alfalfa, hibiscus, dandelion, pansies, carnations & rose pedals. A mixture of these groups must be supplied.

Bearded Dragon UV Requirements: A combination of full-spectrum UV (UVA & UVB) required (5% or stronger) with additional non-filtered sunlight.
Bearded Dragon Supplementation: Calcium & a suitable reptile mineral / vitamin combination.
Bearded Dragon Temperament:

Usually docile, males might become extremely aggressive towards females & even the keeper during breeding season. Although they occur from time to time, aggressive Beardies are scarce. Males & females might bite when hungry.

Similar Species
(Bearded dragon types):

Other species commonly found in captivity includes the Eastern or Coastal Bearded dragon (P. barbata - sometimes referred to as the Common Bearded dragon or “Jew Lizard”) & the two "beardless" bearded dragons, the Dwarf Bearded dragon (P. minor minor) & the Rankin’s Bearded dragon (P. henrylawsoni). The rest of the species are the Western Bearded dragon (P. minor minima), Mitchell’s Northwest Bearded dragon (P. minor mitchelli), Nullabor Bearded dragon (P. nullarbor) & the Small-scaled Bearded dragon (P. microlepitoda).

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