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40+ Bearded Dragon Facts Every Owner Should Know

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

australiaBearded 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.

Pets In The United States

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).

How Big Do Bearded Dragons Get

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.

Difference Between Males And Females

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!

What Do Bearded Dragons Eat

Bearded Dragons EatBeareded 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.
  • Squash.
  • Superworms.
  • Crickets.
  • Roaches (they are their favorite).

How Long Do Bearded Dragons Live

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.

Bearded Dragons As Pets

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:

  • Bearded Dragon PetsUsually 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.

Random Bearded Dragon Facts

  • Bearded Dragons SleepingBearded 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.

10 thoughts to “40+ Bearded Dragon Facts Every Owner Should Know”

  1. Even though I am not a bearded dragon owner, I still found this article very interesting. They are absolutely fascinating animals. Despite being exotic, they do not take much work. They are always a conversation starter. They can swim. They can change colors. These are all cool facts about the animal. It makes me want to get a bearded dragon.

    I did have a question, though. I have seen sites where people order them online? Are these really legit? I mean ordering a bearded dragon through the mail? Seems kind of risky for the bearded dragon’s health!

    1. Actually, it’s quite common for people to buy bearded dragons online. There are a lot of breeders that ship them directly to your doorstep. Usually, they FedEx overnight them and you have to sign for them. They don’t want to leave your pet setting outside in the heat or cold.

  2. This was a very interesting article. I have a friend who has a bearded dragon and you are correct about it being aggressive with other males. One day my friend had a mirror she was going to hang. It was on the floor leaning against the wall before it was hung. The bearded dragon saw the other bearded dragon in the mirror. It faced the mirror, puffed up and then charged the mirror after a few minutes. He then tried to look around to find the bearded dragon including going behind the mirror. It was kind of entertaining but also a good lesson. The dragon was not hurt by the charge but we did check him out pretty carefully just to be sure.

    1. Yeah, putting a mirror in front of a male bearded dragon is never a good idea. It will try to intimidate the other bearded dragon (or what he thinks is the other bearded dragon) all day long. He could end up hurting himself because the bearded dragon in the mirror will do exactly what he does and this will cause him to become hostile. He might lunge at the mirror image of himself and end up getting hurt.

      Also, make sure you put a backdrop behind the tank. Bearded dragons commonly see their reflection in the glass. My female does it all the time, but she is super friendly.

  3. Interesting read. I wasn’t aware that bearded dragons could swim. I always give Maddie a bath, but I always make sure her head doesn’t go underwater.

  4. Wow. For somebody that knew absolutely NOTHING about Bearded Dragons, I think I have a good grasp about what they are and how they act, especially when stressed.

    I like that they can run on their hind legs to get out of situations. I’ve actually seen this done on videos on YouTube. They look incredibly funny but cool at the same time.

    Thanks for all these facts!

    1. Yeah, a friend of mine the other day didn’t believe that they can actually get up on their hind legs and run. That have to be fearing for their life, but they can do it.

  5. What fascinating animals! I have always loved lizards, although I am yet to own one as a pet. Maybe this is the one for me. This is a very interesting article. I do have a question, however. Do pet stores carry such things as roaches and crickets to feed to your pet? It seems that nowadays this would not be an acceptable practice and as someone who owned birds most of his life, I do wonder how you can fully ensure that your bearded dragon gets its full diet.

  6. Wow! 24 eggs at once and holding sperm for up to two years?! That’s wild. How long does it take for the eggs to hatch after they are laid? I can only imagine a Bearded Dragon 2+ years down the road getting a phone call from another Bearded Dragon he slept with and finding out he’s the father of 2 dozen children all of a sudden! haha

    This was really a cool article! Thanks for sharing.

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