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THE AUSTRALIAN BEARDED DRAGON

 

 

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WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN BEARDED DRAGON SECTION
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This part of the website contains information about Bearded Dragons. Bearded Dragons belong to the genus Pogona.

Bearded Dragons are one of the most popular species of reptiles that are kept as pets in Australia and around the world.
Most Australians would have seen them in the wild, and many are familiar with them.
There are several species, and some species occur in various varieties.


Common or Eastern Bearded Dragon

Pogona barbata

Common or Eastern Bearded Dragon
Common or Eastern Bearded Dragon map

Those from the eastern states tend to be larger than those from the western limit of their range (in the state of South Australia). This species may remain still when approached or it may make a run for it and hide.


Sometimes when really upset they will extend their large beard, changing their appearance drastically and in many areas locals call them Frill-necks or some similar name, confusing them with the Frilled Lizard, which is not a type of bearded dragon.


The Common Bearded Dragon is more highly strung than Inland Bearded Dragons, and although captive bred animals seem to adapt well to captivity if kept properly, older wild caught animals may be problematic. This species is one of the larger species of bearded dragons.


Black Soil Bearded Dragon

Pogona henrylawsoni

Black Soil Bearded Dragon
Black Soil Bearded Dragon map

Also referred to as Pogona brevis or Pogona rankini is another species sometimes seen in the pet trade and has a similar temperament to an Inland Bearded Dragon but is much smaller and found in the wild in central Queensland extending across into the Northern Territory,
other common names are the Rankin's Bearded Dragon, Lawson's Dragon and Prairie Dragon.

 

In captivity the Inland Bearded Dragon has been hybridised with the Black-Soil Bearded Dragon to produce what has been called a Vittikin Dragon. The hybrids are apparently fertile. (Note that hybridising reptiles is illegal in some states of Australia.)


Small Scaled or Kimberly Bearded Dragon

Pogona microlepidota

Small Scaled or Kimberly Bearded Dragon map

The poorly known Kimberly Bearded Dragon Pogona microlepidota appears to have the smallest known distribution of any of the bearded dragon species and is found in the Kimberley's in the remote North- West of Australia. I haven't heard of this species being kept in captivity yet.


Western Bearded Dragon

Pogona minor

Dwarf Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor minor

 

 

 

Dwarf Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor minor mapThese dragons are a dwarf species which are rarely seen in the pet trade outside of Western Australia.

There are 3 Subspecies:-


Dwarf Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor minor



This is the most widely distributed subspecies found over much of Western Australia and parts of South Australia and Northern Territory. Previously known as Pogona minor

 

Mitchell's Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor mitchelli mapMitchell's Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor mitchelli



Previously known as Pogona mitchelli this species is distinguished from Pogona minor minor by its wider head looking more like a small Inland Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps

 

 

 



 

And the

 

Western Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor minima mapWestern Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor minima


Very rare and may become extinct! Only recorded from Houtman Abrolhos (Islands) near Geraldton WA
NOT found on the Australian mainland! Previously known as Pogona minima

 


 

Nullabor Bearded Dragon

Pogona nullabor

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Nullabor Bearded Dragon map

Another dwarf species (which is not available in the pet trade at the time of writing) is the Nullarbor Bearded Dragon - Pogona nullabor This species apparently always has a banded tail. Not available in the pet trade. It resembles a sub adult Inland Bearded Dragon


Inland Bearded Dragon

Pogona vitticeps

Inland Bearded Dragon
Inland Bearded Dragon map

In many inland areas, the Inland Bearded Dragon takes over where the range of the Common Bearded Dragon ends.
This is the species that is most commonly seen in the pet trade in Australia and overseas. It will readily hybridise with the Common Bearded Dragon in captivity (and apparently also in the wild in some regions) and does occur coastally in parts of its range in South Australia.
Through parts of their massive range their colour sometimes varies from area to area, occasionally depending on the colour of the sand in that area.
Orange, yellow, red, pale grey, and red headed forms are some forms I have seen in my state of South Australia. The colour of bearded dragons however often is dependant on the temperature or emotional state of the lizard in question. I remember finding one lizard on Eyre Peninsular that had dug a shallow burrow and filled it in behind him. When I dug him up he was an ordinary grey looking animal but a few minutes later when I showed him to someone else he had turned very orange. This species is one of the larger species of bearded dragons. The "German Giant" has been selectively bred in captivity and larger than wild caught Pogona vitticeps. The "leatherback" is also a captive produced morph with a genetic anomaly that causes it to have a smooth back with no spines, they have been produced in Italy and in The US. The "Silky" morph has been bred from "Leatherbacks" and has even less spines, and more smooth skin however these are apparently prone to health problems, possibly due to too much inbreeding.

 

Another yet to be described bearded dragon is said to be similar to the Black-Soil Bearded Dragon but brick red with a white belly.

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