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 Bearded Dragon:

Mushu (Female) – Estimated Date of Birth 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. 

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!