10 Amazing FAQ's about Bearded Dragons

Reptili’s 10 Amazing Facts About Bearded Dragons

10 Amazing FAQ's about Bearded Dragons

10 Amazing Facts About Bearded Dragons


1. Where are bearded dragon’s native to, and why are they named "bearded" dragons?

Bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are native to Australia. They are named "bearded" dragons due to their ability to puff out and darken the skin under their throat, resembling a beard, especially when they feel threatened or displaying dominance.


2. How big are they?

Bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are medium-sized reptiles. On average, adult bearded dragons can reach a length of about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimetres) from the tip of their snout to the end of their tail.


3. What type of reptile are bearded dragons, and when are they most active?

Bearded dragons are a type of reptile known as lizards. They belong to the family Agamidae and are popularly kept as pets due to their docile nature and captivating behaviours.
Bearded dragons are diurnal creatures, meaning they are most active during the day. They prefer basking in the warmth of the sun, hunting for food, and exploring their surroundings during daylight hours. In the wild, they usually seek shelter and rest during the cooler evenings and nights.


4. What is the diet of bearded dragons, and what does "omnivore" mean in relation to their diet?

Bearded dragons are omnivores, which means they have a diverse diet and consume both plant matter and animal protein.
In the wild, their diet primarily consists of insects such as crickets, roaches, and mealworms, as well as other small invertebrates. They also eat a variety of plant-based foods, including leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits. As omnivores, bearded dragons digest and gain nutrition from both animal and plant sources.
Captive bearded dragons, a balanced diet is essential. A mix of insects and greens is crucial to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Supplementation with calcium and vitamins is also important to support their overall health and growth.


5. How long do bearded dragons typically live, and what factors can influence their lifespan?

Bearded dragons typically have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years in captivity, though some may live even longer with proper care.
Several factors can influence the lifespan of bearded dragons:
Diet: Providing a varied, balanced and nutritious diet
Housing: Having a spacious and adequately set up enclosure allows for proper thermoregulation and enrichment.
Lighting: Access to proper UVB lighting is essential for their calcium metabolism and overall well-being.
Temperature: Maintaining appropriate temperatures within the enclosure is vital for their digestion and immune function.
Hydration: Access to clean water for drinking and regular misting to maintain hydration.


6. What are some reasons why bearded dragons are popular as pets, and who are they suitable for?

Bearded dragons are popular as pets for several reasons. Docile nature, manageable size, very sociable & low maintenance.
Bearded dragons are suitable for a wide range of reptile keepers, including families, individuals, and even schools or educational settings.


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7. What are the key requirements for their enclosure to ensure their well-being and health?

Size, with enough space to move freely and engage in natural behaviours. The correct substrate, providing proper UVB lighting & temperature, maintaining a basking spot. Keeping humidity levels between 30% and 40%. Offering a balanced diet with access to fresh water. Enrich their environment with décor and hiding spots and regularly clean and disinfect the enclosure.


8. Why is UVB lighting essential for bearded dragons, and what role does it play in their health?

Bearded dragons require UVB radiation to synthesize vitamin D3 in their skin. Vitamin D3 is necessary for the proper absorption and metabolism of calcium, which is vital for bone health and overall physiological functions. In captivity, providing UVB lighting is essential because artificial indoor lighting does not typically emit sufficient UVB radiation.


9. How do bearded dragons undergo their shedding process?

Bearded dragons undergo shedding as part of their natural growth process. As they grow, their skin becomes tight, and they need to shed it to accommodate their increasing size. Shedding allows them to replace old and worn-out skin with new, healthier skin. During the shedding process, bearded dragons may appear dull and their skin may look flaky or whitish. They may also experience increased restlessness and exhibit more scratching or rubbing against surfaces to help loosen the old skin.


10. What are some of the fascinating behaviours exhibited by bearded dragons, and what do they signify?

Head Bobbing – for communication or courtship
Arm Waving - a submissive behaviour displayed by bearded dragons.
Glass Surfing - This behaviour may indicate restlessness, stress, or simply expelling some energy.
Arm Flaring - Bearded dragons may flare out their arms and puff up their beard as a defensive display.
Basking – Bearded Dragons are ectothermic (cold blooded reptiles) which means they rely on external heat sources to regulate their body temperature. By basking under a heat lamp, they expose themselves to direct heat and light, allowing them to be more active.
Brumation - Bearded dragons are known to go through a period of brumation, similar to hibernation in other animals.

For information on Bearded Dragon set up & care, take a look at our care sheet here. 


Image Credits

Gary Ellis



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