Fun Facts about Bearded Dragons
- The name bearded dragon is derived from the fact that when these reptiles "puff up," the spiny skin under their throats looks like a beard.
- In June 2008, Zak-n-Wheezie, the longest-living two-headed bearded dragon on record celebrated their first birthday.
- The deserts and semi-arid scrub lands of southeastern Australia are home to the bearded dragon outside of captivity.
- Bearded dragon refers primarily to the species known as Pogona vitticeps and belongs to the family Agamidea.
- When properly cared for, Beardies can live 10-12 years!
- Males can grow to about 16-24 inches while females are usually smaller.
- To prevent overheating, a Beardie can make its skin a very light color that deflects heat.
- Many bearded dragons learn to "wave"—the Beardie will rest on three legs and raise one of its front arms then slowly wave in a circular motion.