Bearded Dragons Are Actually Small Reptiles


Did you know that the female bearded dragon can lay up to 35 eggs in a burrow?

There are seven different species of the bearded dragon. Bearded dragons are all over Australia, except for the far Northern and Southern areas. They live in various habitats, from wet coastal regions to dry semidesert. This includes grasslands, forests, and thorny bushes.

The bearded dragon relies mainly on excellent eyesight to detect prey. They eat insects, small reptiles, seeds, berries, fruit, and flowers. Their eyes also have enlarged scales to help keep sand and dirt out. Bearded dragon's only defenses are fast running and its throat pouch. It moves extremely fast on its little legs to get away from predators. The throat pouch is covered in large conical spines. The soft and harmless spines look thorny, so the bearded dragon puffs them up to scare enemies. The bearded dragon measures 18 to 24 inches (45-60cm) in length, but its tail can be up to 8 inches (20cm) long.

During the mating season, male bearded dragons put on impressive displays of gestures to attract females: frequent head bobbing, leg waving, nipping, and biting. The male may bite the female's neck to stop her from escaping. This sometimes causes open wounds in her flesh if the female doesn't accept. When they are bred in captivity, sometimes the male and female have to be separated to prevent these wounds.

The Australian bearded dragon is very unusual. It is unique in its looks, in mating, and in how it scares its enemies. The bearded dragon is a fantastic animal.

[Source: Snakes and Reptiles]

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