Have you ever received a friendly wave from your bearded dragon? Or noticed him bobbing his head like those figurines found on the dash of cars and semitrailers?
Well you’ll be glad to know that this is all perfectly normal. In fact, they’re are quite interesting and theirs lots to know about these unique reptiles.
The general facts:
– Bearded dragons are lizards in the agamidae family
– Habitat – range from deserts, open woodland to coastal areas
– Includes 6 species and 2 subspecies – (list species)
– Lifespan – approx 10 years
– Length: range between 10 inches – 2 feet
– Diet – they’re are omnivorous which mean they eat just about anything including, vegetables, fruit, flowers, insects and even small mice.
– Great family pets and safe for kids to handle.
Bearded dragons also display a range of unusual, but natural behaviors. They inflate their beard, bob their head, wave their arms and curl their tail towards their head. It is possible to interpret these behaviors and gain a general understanding of how they feel.
Many different color variations are available today. In many cases this has been a result of selective breeding, however often these colors occur naturally as a result of habitat and diet and some color variations have been observed to be genetic.
Popularity of these reptiles is increasing in the pet trade. This is because they are relatively easy to care for, ideal for both beginner and expert keepers and have a very calm nature.
Listed below are a number of interest bearded dragon facts.
– Beardies can’t ‘lose’ their tails like most other lizards.
– They have 2 different types of teeth which unlike other reptiles are used to chew and begin digesting their food – their front teeth do not fall out and grow back!
– Beardies can excrete ‘dry’ urine. As they are desert dwelling reptiles, this allows them to conserve fluids.
– They use an organ called the Jacobson’s organ which enables them to detect objects around them.
– Beardies have excellent vision
– Beardies enter a dormant state called brumation (in winter) and aestivation (in summer) where they will go into hiding and appear to ‘sleep’ for weeks at a time.
– Bearded dragons form a hierarchy when kept in the same enclosure.
– Fireflies are very toxic to bearded dragons.