Bearded dragon
There are three types of bearded dragons in Australia; the Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona Barbata)the Pygmy Bearded Dragon (P. henrylawsoni) the Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) The Eastern Bearded Dragon occurs along the length of the Great Dividing Range and is replaced in arid areas by the Central Bearded Dragon. The Pygmy Bearded Dragon is native to the plains of Central Queensland. Bearded dragons are a sun-loving species and are quite often seen basking on the side of a road or on fence posts and logs. Bearded dragons are known for the distinctive flap of skin which lies below their bottom jaw. If threatened, the bearded dragon will imediately take on a defensive posture by opening their mouths and pushing their throat skin forward to make their beard protrude as far forward as possible having combined this with the strong spikes which line the lizard's throat and the side of its body acting as a wonderful deterrent to most predators.
Our Bearded dragon
Bearded dragon
There are three types of bearded dragons in Australia; the Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona Barbata)the Pygmy Bearded Dragon (P. henrylawsoni) the Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) The Eastern Bearded Dragon occurs along the length of the Great Dividing Range and is replaced in arid areas by the Central Bearded Dragon. The Pygmy Bearded Dragon is native to the plains of Central Queensland. Bearded dragons are a sun-loving species and are quite often seen basking on the side of a road or on fence posts and logs. Bearded dragons are known for the distinctive flap of skin which lies below their bottom jaw. If threatened, the bearded dragon will imediately take on a defensive posture by opening their mouths and pushing their throat skin forward to make their beard protrude as far forward as possible having combined this with the strong spikes which line the lizard's throat and the side of its body acting as a wonderful deterrent to most predators.
Our Bearded dragon
Of the three species, the pygmy dragon's beard is less pronounced. Measuring 10 -15 cm from head to vent (the anus), it is roughly half the size of the central and eastern bearded dragons (each of which can grow up to 30 cm from head to vent). The tail of each of these species is about the same length as their body. Thus the larger lizards may grow as long as 60 cm. Compared to the pygmy bearded dragon, the head of the central and eastern bearded dragon is much broader in relation to its body. All three are predominantly grey in colour with some variation towards orange, fawn, brown and black. This variation is largely dependant on locality, temperature, and in the case of the central and eastern bearded dragons, selective breeding. Bearded dragons regulate their body temperature through subtle changes in shades of colour, from light to dark; becoming darker in cooler weather and vice- versa. Colour change can also depend on emotional state, with colouration becoming more obvious when startled or in an aggressive posture. Selective breeding, especially amongst United States based herpetologists, has influenced colour variation such that distinctive oranges, blues, reds, apricot and tiger stripes are apparent in the central bearded dragons and white is known to occur in the eastern bearded dragon