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Bearded dragons (Pogona spp.), formerly classified in the genus Amphibolurus, are a group of diurnal lizards belonging to the family Agamidae. The genus contains eight species which are all restricted to the continent of Australia. They are smallish to middle sized, heavy-bodied lizards with a quiet and confiding nature.

Although at least four of the eight recorded species are bred in captivity in some number, the term “bearded dragon” almost exclusively refers to the Common Bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps). Captive bred Bearded dragons make fascinating and unusual pets. Terms like “Beardies”, “beardeds”, “Tata dragons” and “Lizard of oz” are also frequently used by hobbyists, while some old literature also refers to Bearded dragons as “Jew Lizards” (now better known as the Coastal Bearded dragon). Bearded lizards were also used, but more commonly for P. barbata.

The Common Bearded dragon, otherwise known as the Central, Inland or Yellow-headed Bearded dragon, originates from the arid, semi-desert parts of Australia, but today they can be kept in similar captive environments in your home. Within only a few short years these dragons have become one of the most frequently kept and bred of all lizards around the world. As with the other Pogona species, the Inland dragons are known to be calm and curious, each with their own unique personality. Bearded dragons are also very hardy animals and have an incredible reproduction potential.

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Keeping & breeding crickets as feeder insects (ebook)
21 October 2017 | Renier Delport |
Keeping & breeding crickets as feeder insects is an ebook containing everything you need to know to save money and breed your own crickets as feeder insects. Read more...
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Licking behaviour in Bearded dragons
Licking behaviour in Bearded dragons
3 August 2017 | Renier Delport | Bearded dragon behaviour |
Licking behaviour is frequently seen in (pet) Bearded dragons when they are active. Unlike for example Chameleons, Bearded dragons do not have long, projectile tongues to catch prey from a long distance, but they do use them in similar ways. Read more...
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Is your Bearded dragon healthy?
Is your Bearded dragon healthy?
3 August 2017 | Renier Delport | Bearded dragon health |
The health of our pet Bearded dragons is sometimes something we as owners neglect. To make things even worse, it is known that pet lizards, including Bearded dragons, can hide disease very well. Read more...
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Supplying the correct humidity for pet Bearded dragons
The correct humidity for pet Bearded dragons
27 June 2017 | Renier Delport | Bearded dragon environment |
There are two main environmental variables Bearded dragon keepers need to ensure (i.e. temperature and light), but what about humidity? Although, admittedly, often not something to worry about, incorrect humidity in an enclosed environment can lead to all sorts of problems. Read more...
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Feeding waxworms to Bearded dragons
Feeding Waxworms to Bearded dragons
4 June 2017 | Renier Delport | |
Waxworms are the larvae of one of the two related wax moth species, the Lesser moth (Achroia grisella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). wax moths are natural pests of bee hives used for honey production, but makes great foodstuffs for pet Bearded dragons. Read more...
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