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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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The Advanced Bearded Dragon ManualAdvanced Bearded Dragon Manual
January 2016 | Renier Delport | eBooks
The Advance Bearded Dragon Manual covers all the aspects needed to keep a healthy pet Bearded dragon and more. Read more…
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Coccidiosis in pet Bearded dragonsCoccidiosis in pet Bearded dragons
21 February 2017 | Renier Delport | Health |
Coccidiosis in Bearded dragons is a very common. It is commonly seen in stressed Beardies, especially in neglected and unhygienic enclosures. As with all infected animal species, coccidia invade the gastrointestinal tract and cause cellular damage, giving rise to various degrees of diarrhoea. Read more...
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Using programmable timers for Bearded dragon lightingUsing programmable timers for Bearded dragon lighting
8 January 2017 | Renier Delport | Environment |
Using programmable electric timers can give much better control of the lighting of an enclosure and improve the overall experience of Bearded dragon. Read more...
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The Bearded dragon community is growing out there. Apart from our Bearded dragon health related services at Vet Hospital Port Shepstone, we are also committed to post relevant Bearded dragon articles to help owners with all they need to know. Read more...
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Metabolic bone disease in Bearded dragonsMetabolic bone disease in Bearded dragons
29 December 2016 | Renier Delport | Health |
Metabolic bone disease (MBD), also referred to as hypocalcaemia or simply as calcium deficiency, is a serious nutritional disease where calcium in the bones is depleted in favour of increasing the calcium levels in the blood. Read more...
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