Bearded Dragon

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Pogona barbata

Habitat: Bearded dragons can be found in the savannahs, arid and tropical forests, and shorelines of central and eastern Australia.

Diet: Bearded dragons are opportunistic omnivores meaning they will eat almost anything that they can fit in their mouths including both plant matter, insects, and even small rodents.

Size: 1.5 to 2 feet long 

Weight: 0.8 to 1.1 pounds

Lifespan: 5 to 8 years in the wild. 10 to 15 years in human care.

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our "On Exhibit" Bearded Dragon:

Spike (Female) – Estimated Birthdate Between March 2010 & May 2010

Our "Ambassador" Bearded Dragon:

Mushu (Female) – Estimated Birthdate January 2018

Did You Know?!

  • Bearded dragons are named for their beard: a dewlap, or chin-fold- that features many spikes and can expand. Bearded dragons usually expand their beard when they are stressed, mating, or claiming territory.
  • Both male and female bearded dragons have these beards and they can change to a darker color when the lizard is especially upset.
  • Bearded dragons are agile lizards that can be quick when they want to be, but are usually rather docile.
  • Bearded dragons have sharp claws that are good for digging or latching onto a log or branch. They can climb and have even been observed swimming.
  • Although it is not common, bearded dragons can run on their two back legs rather than all four.