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Bearded Dragon, also Known as the Pogona, These Dragons Make Great Pets

Australiia

Bearded Dragon / Pagona Vitticep

The bearded dragon comes naturally from the deserts of Australia and has become a very popular pet; one of the favored animals in the reptile category. Their scientific name is the Pagona Vitticep and are generally a medium-size lizard that averages between 12 and 24 inches in length, 

 

Other names: Pagon Vitticep
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Origin: Australia
Life Span:  Up to 14 years
Group: Reptile
Size: 12-14 inches in length
Colour/s: Colors vary depending on breed.
Litter: approx. 5-28 babies

 

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The bearded dragon comes naturally from the deserts of Australia and has become a very popular pet; one of the favored animals in the reptile category. Their scientific name is the Pagona Vitticep

 

The bearded dragon comes naturally from the deserts of Australia and has become a very popular pet; one of the favored animals in the reptile category. Their scientific name is the Pagona Vitticep and are generally a medium-size lizard that averages between 12 and 24 inches in length, head to tail. This lizard can come in varying colors which is reflective of their environment.

 


The bearded dragon is unique in appearance, starting with their triangular-shaped heads with spikes that look similar to thorns. Under their chin is more rows of spiked-scales that can puff up to resemble a beard, giving them their name. They have four plump legs along their muscular flat bodies, presenting more spikes along the sides of their tummies. The tail of the bearded dragon is literally half the length of the animal.


The bearded dragon is generally very happy, energetic and active. How active they are determines how healthy the animal is. It is not uncommon to have your lizard watching and following you around right from its tank since it loves to interact with its owners.There are several varieties of bearded dragons such as the Letherback, German Giant and Silkback. Following is the brief description of each:

 

Letherback Bearded Dragon - This lizard has a mutated gene with the ability to prevent their scales from full-size growth. As a result, the leatherback appears fuller and smooth with a larger number of these scales. Their multiple tiny scales attributes to their varying and unique colors.


German Giant Bearded Dragon - This is one of the larger bearded dragons; typically 50 percent larger than most. They were originally bred with dragons that produced the larger lizard. They too come in a variety and unique colors.


Silkback Bearded Dragon - The silkback is similar to the leatherback since they are created by mating two leatherbacks. As a result, their scales are even smoother in appearance, almost with the look and feel of skin. They also come in very unique, varying colors. Some of the unique coloring of the bearded dragon can be solid colors, bi-colors and special patterns. You can find them in varying hues of reds, oranges, yellow, white, cream or off-white, purples, and greens. Most times, their true colors do not come in until adulthood.

 

The bearded dragon is an omnivore, meaning it eats both vegetation and animal based items. A typical diet will consist of leafy vegetables except spinach, other vegetables like peas, finely chopped beans and carrots but no broccoli, and many types of non-citrus fruits. They also enjoy insects like crickets and roaches, just to name a few. Their diets may also consist of a supplementation of calcium and minerals. When it comes to choosing insects, they should not be any larger than the space between your lizard's eyes.

 

These generally gentle lizards are typically a healthy animal. They can live up to and sometimes beyond 14 years in captivity when given the proper love, attention, diet and care. They are easy care and maintenance, making excellent pets for people of all ages.



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