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Bearded dragon

Pogona vitticeps

Bearded dragon

When the bearded dragon is angry or excited, it puffs out its throat. This raises a beard of pointed scales around the neck to make the lizard look bigger and more intimidating to predators or to impress a mate. This is where the reptile gets its names. Both male and female bearded dragons have these beards.

Bearded dragons live within the rocky areas of eastern and central Australia.

Diet - Omnivores
Bearded dragons eat insects and other invertebrates but will also eat plants and even small mammals.

Size
Its body length can be up to 61 centimetres. It can weigh up to 600 grams.

Location
The bearded dragon is found in eastern and central Australia in a range of habitats from deserts to dry forests and scrublands.

Conservation status
The IUCN have not yet declared that bearded dragons are at risk of extinction.

Threats
The capture of bearded dragons as pets has been banned for many years now but the pet trade has had an impact on the species.

Current population
Unknown.

Zoo population
There are more than 960 bearded dragons in zoos worldwide.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

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