Check out the photo of our bearded dragons basking in their enclosure totally oblivious to the frigid winter weather outside!
Bearded dragons are a type of lizard that originate from Australia. These friendly reptiles are yellow or tan, and they get their name from the way they can flare the skin at their throats. Natural habitat of the beardie include deserts, arid & rocky areas, dry forests & scrublands. Unlike other lizards, bearded dragons are not able to detach their tails if they need to escape from predators. If they lose or damage their tails they will be tailless for the rest of their lives.
A few fun facts about bearded dragons include:
- The bearded dragon's tail is almost as long as its body.
- Beardies flare their skin on their throat area when feeling threatened to make them appear more threatening to predators and other animals.
- Males and females can be easily distinguished by a couple of features. Males have wider heads and they are longer than females. Females have thinner and more slender tails than males.
- Spines grow on their throat, sides of the body and their head.
- Beardies eat a variety of things: greens, leaves, fruit, flowers, and insects.
Bearded dragons make interesting pets and are fairly low maintenance however, they do require regular care and the right setup.
One important fact to consider when buying a bearded dragon for a pet is how long they live. The average lifespan is five to ten years, so purchasing a beardie is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. These reptiles make unique, friendly pets and need a minimal amount of care. However, they'll need that care for their entire lives, so be sure you're making a commitment you're prepared to live with.