The Bearded Dragon has quite a few names, but its scientific name is the Pogona Vitticeps. The first part of its name, Pogona, describes its genus and was derived from the greek word Pogon which means beard. The second half of its name, Vitticeps refers to its specific species of Pogona and means striped head. It was formerly known as Amphibolurus Vitticeps.
There are several species of Pogona but the most common in the pet trade, and also the one we specialize in here at Lizard of Oz is the Vitticeps, or Inland bearded dragon. This species has also been referred to as the the Central bearded dragon, yellow headed dragon, and even the “Tata lizard”. It received the name Tata lizard due to its habit of waving, seemingly waving hi and goodbye.
The P. Vitticeps is originally from the arid woodlands and deserts of Central Australia. It’s a diurnal and semi arboreal animal. In its natural habitat its day may consist of climbing small trees and bushes, basking on a rock in the sun, or foraging for food. Though the bearded dragon prefers hot temperatures, in extreme heat it may burrow underground.
Bearded dragons are omnivores and their diet consist of a wide variety of proteins such as insects, small mammals and in some cases even other smaller lizards, as well different fruit and vegetation. For more specific information on bearded dragon care such as housing and diet, be sure to check out our well detailed care sheet on our website.
Bearded dragons can have a life expectancy of 20 years however it’s more common in captivity for them to live between 5-10 years, depending upon health and care. Bearded dragons generally reach sexual maturity between 12-24 months depending on size and gender.
Bearded dragons were introduced to the U.S. captive reptile hobby only as recently as 1990, and have grown in popularity quite dramatically since. Besides their ease of care, we think the biggest reasons for this are their prehistoric or dinosaur like look and their wide variety of available colors and morphs.
Bearded dragons have a triangular, wedge shaped head, with spikes on their neck(beard), as well as on their heads and the sides of their belly. Bearded dragons have been known to inflate their beards and even make them darker when they feel threatened or during mating. In captivity there are all kinds of color morphs and genetic mutations of the bearded dragon. Ranging from reduced scalation or no scales at all, such as the leatherback and silk bearded mutation. To larger spikes, extra spike clusters and with scales growing in different directions like the Dunner mutation. In the wild bearded dragons are generally a yellow to tan or brown in color. However in captivity, thanks to the diligent work of professional and generations of selective breeding, bearded dragons can range from a polar white to citrus yellow and even blood red, with many hues and shades in between.
We have personally dedicated our focus to developing a green line of bearded dragons, which we have been focused on since 2012. We haven’t attained our goal quite yet, but we feel we have gotten closer every year and are very optimistic about one day producing a line of solid green bearded dragons!
Bearded dragons can reach a length of up to 24″ from snout to the tip of their tails. However, on average our dragons range between 17-21″. Housing, genetics, and nutrition can all play big roles in the overall size of a bearded dragon.
In our opinion as well the opinion of many other reptile keepers, bearded dragons make excellent pets, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. They are moderately sized, hardy animals that are fairly easy to care for. Despite the fact that they require minimal attention in comparison to some other pets, they can be very engaging and endearing companions. They have a unique look with many colors and morphs to choose from. Some people find their spikes and size intimidating, some find it intriguing. Despite how big or intimidating they may appear, bearded dragons are generally very docile and easy to handle and tame. This is especially the case if purchased at a younger age from a reputable and passionate breeder.
So whether you’re looking for your first or fifteenth reptile, are a novice or expert, wanting a cool family pet or are looking to start a reptile breeding project, you won’t be disappointed with a lizard of Aus, from Lizard of Oz.
We specialize in the Witblit bearded dragon. Click here to learn more about the Witblit gene and what we have planned for Witblit project.