Scientific Name: pogona vitticeps
Habitat: desert, scrubland
Diet: insects, plants, and small rodents
Life Span: 4 – 10 years
Young: 24 eggs per clutch, 7 – 9 clutches per year
Size: 46 – 56 cm
The Inland Bearded Dragon, or Central Bearded Dragon, has a wide natural distribution throughout the deserts, dry forests, and scrublands in eastern and central Australia.
Inland Bearded Dragons are 46 – 56 cm long, including their tails. They name “bearded dragons” is due to their “beard” – the expandable throat pouch with spiky scales they puff out during mating season or when showing aggression. They have broad, triangular heads, round bodies, and stout legs. Their colour depends on the soil of the region they live in and usually ranges from brown to tan with red or gold markings.
Mating occurs September to March. Females dig a burrow and lay up to 24 eggs per clutch.
Bearded Dragons have large stomachs and are not picky eaters, they eat what they can find.
Inland Bearded Dragons will sometimes wave a forelimb in a circular pattern to signal submission to a larger dragon. When under direct attack, they open their mouth, extend their beard, darkens the colour of their skin, flatten their body, and hiss.
To learn more check out Animal Diversity Web, or stop by the Edmonton Valley Zoo.