Bearded Dragon

Scientific Name: 
Pogona vitticeps (po-GO-na VIT-i-seps)
Bat Habitat Range
Range: 
Eastern and central Australia.
Habitat: 
Prefer semi-arid to arid woodlands.
Lifespan: 
10 years
Diet: 
Dragons are omnivores and will consume a large variety of insects, small vertebrates, and vegetation including fruits and flowers.
Reproduction: 
Sexual maturity is achieved at 1-2 years of age. Captive dragons can breed year round). The eggs are deposited in nests dug in sandy soil and the young hatch 3 months later.
Behavior: 
Both sexes have a beard which they expand to show aggression, although males display more frequently, especially for courtship rituals. The bearded dragon may also open its mouth and gape in addition to inflating its beard to appear more intimidating. Submission is demonstrated by rotating the arms in a full circular motion, which looks like waving. Their ability to change shades from light to dark helps them to regulate body temperature. Color changes can also depend on emotional state, as well as be used for concealment when threatened. When injured or sick its back becomes black and its legs pale yellow.
Description: 
13-24 in. including the tail (which is almost as long as the body). They are named for their expandable throat pouch with spiky scales. Their color varies and has the ability to change (especially the neck pouch) according to mood. Fun Facts: Its bulky body and habit of basking allows it to store heat, so that it can operate at lower temperatures than other lizards. It can also survive higher temperatures for several hours, since it can regulate its temperature by evaporation. Like other Australian desert lizards often make their escape by rising on their hind legs and running bipedally.
Conservation Status: 
Not considered endangered or threatened.
At OBC: 
Both dragons were confiscated from an alleged drug house in 2008.  Their age in unknown but they were considered to be young adults at that time so an estimated hatching date might be 2006-2007. 

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