In this article you will learn all about bearded dragon facts. These are a number of questions that I get asked on a daily basis. Therefore, I decided to create a page on BeardedDragon.us that shows all the facts about these fascinating creatures.
- Where are Bearded Dragons Found?
- Pets in The United States
- How Big Do Bearded Dragons Get
- Difference Between Males And Females
- What Do Bearded Dragons Eat
- How Long Do Bearded Dragons Live
- Bearded Dragons As Pets
- Random Bearded Dragon Facts
Bearded dragons are naturally found in Australia’s desert region. Generally they are found in the southern, northern, and eastern parts of Australia. Typically they make their habitats in the Woodlands, deserts, and even savannahs. People see the bearded dragons basking on the rocks, stumps, and even branches during the morning in Australia.
A lot of people are actually surprised to hear that bearded dragons were not that popular in the United States until the 1990’s. Since then, there are lots of different bearded dragon breeders and they are sold in most pet stores (like Petmart and Petco).
Most bearded dragons will get between 18 to 24 inches long. This is measured from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. Their tails usually make up half of their length, though.
Males are usually bigger than females. Males will have a more pronounced head and typically are bigger. Females seem to be calmer than males (at least all the ones I have owned). Two males shouldn’t ever be housed together or they will fight. It’s not pretty when they fight!
Beareded dragons grow very quickly when they are juveniles. Once, they hit their adulthood their growth slows down and halts. In their adulthood they shed. They are considered to be omnivores. This means they eat both plants and animals. But, bearded dragons eat:
- Collard greens.
- Turnip greens.
- Roaches (they are their favorite).
It depends if your bearded dragon is healthy and your taking care of your pet correctly. Below I broke it down for you:
- 5 to 8 years. In the wild they typically live this long.
- 8 to 12 years. This is the average lifespan of a bearded dragon.
- 12 to 14 years. This is the max a captive bearded dragon will live.
- 14+ years. It’s very rare for a bearded dragon to live over 14 years. But, I have heard that one bearded dragon lived to be 19. I can’t recall where I heard that, but I’m sure if it’s on the internet somewhere it’s probably true.
As I have mentioned bearded dragons were introduced in the 1990’s as pets in the United States. A lot of people believe they make great pets for the following reasons:
- Usually very gentle lizards. Females are little friendly towards humans than males (in my experience). Rarely, do you hear about a bearded dragon being aggressive towards people. Bearded dragons are a diurnal creature. This means they “like” many humans.
- They are active during the day and sleep at nighttime just like humans do.
- Their exotic and a pretty low maintenance pet. Only 5-10 minutes a day and then cleaning out their take weekly or so for 20 to 30 minutes.
- They actually don’t mind being handled at all. Some bearded dragon owners say that they recongize them and sit on them while reading, watching tv, etc.
- Bearded dragons are entertaining. They bask on rocks, turn their heads to look at you, enjoy being sprayed with water, and let’s face it not everyone has a bearded dragon. Did I mention they don’t mind sleeping on you?
- People actually have leashes that they put their bearded dragon on and take it for a walk. Personally, I don’t do that but I have seen it done more than once.
- Bearded dragons tails do NOT grow back like other lizards.
- Beareded dragons can actually run on their hind legs like a human when they are in stressful situations.
- Bearded dragons are cold blooded. They change their body temperature according to the temperature outside.
- Beardies are very smart lizards. They have learned how to open a doorway by watching another animal do it.
- When bearded dragons get to hot they open their mouth. It helps them cool off. Much like a dog pants.
- They wave their arms as a submissive gesture. Also, they can be seen bobbing their heads which they do for either mating or to show dominance over another bearded dragon (see this article on bearded dragon behavior).
- They can see in full color.
- They can partially change their colors to reflect their mood.
- Bearded dragons can swim in water.
- These lizards can run up to 9 miles per hour.
- Bearded dragons go through a period of hibernation. It’s called brumation. It can last for 2-3 months.
- Like most lizards they shed their skin their entire life. Don’t be surprised if you see them eating their skin sometimes. In the wild they do this so predators don’t know they were around.
- They can leg eggs which is called a clutch. This can be 24 eggs. They are prolific breeders. Females can hold sperm for up to 2 years.
- After a good nights sleep bearded dragons have been seen yawning. They puff up their beard a couple times and then open and close their mouths a couple times.
- Beareded dragons spikes look like they are hard, but really they are soft and flexible.
- Bearded dragons do not need a lot of water. You don’t need to put a bowl in their tank. Instead, you can mist them down with a spray bottle.
- Bearded dragons have a Jacobsen’s Organ which is located on the roof of their mouth. This gives them a very strong sense of smell and taste. This is why you will see them licking the ground. They do it to smell their surroundings.
- A lot of people are actually surprised to hear that bearded dragons produce venom. It’s harmless to humans and majority of animals, though.
- They are considered to be illegal in the state of Hawaii.
- You’re bearded dragon probably isn’t native to Australia. In 1960’s they make it illegal to export these lizards from the wildlife. At some point someone smuggled bearded dragons out of Australia in the 1970’s. However, they are very common in the United States now.
- Bearded dragons got their name because they have spikes and scales around their head which looks like a beard. It’s used for defense and can expand whenever they feel threatened.
Do you have any questions about Bearded Dragons that are not answered in this article? Or possibly you have some bearded dragon facts that are not mentioned in this article. Please leave your comments down below.