Bearded Dragon / Pogona vitticeps

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They sometimes run on their hind legs to get away from predators In the wild, young bearded dragons love to spend time in the trees and even adults are good tree climbers

The inland bearded dragon gets its name from its habit of puffing out its throat when angry or excited. This raises a ruff, or beard, of pointed scales around the neck which makes the lizard look bigger and possibly scarier to potential predators.

Males and females are of comparable size, although males usually sport a larger head and a thicker tail base than the females. Mature males will also turn their throat pouches black and carry out a head bobbing display during courtship and to signal dominance.

Bearded dragons mate in the spring and summer and the female then digs burrows and lays clutches of up to 30 eggs. A mated female may lay four clutches of eggs in a season. The eggs are then left to hatch and the young have to fend for themselves on hatching

Inland bearded dragons are terrestrial (land dwelling) animals but will occasionally climb tree trunks and fence posts. They are often found in areas where food is hard to find and so they will eat almost any available food and have a large stomach to allow them to eat quite large quantities when the opportunity arises. They forage for food like small lizards, insects, mammals, flowers, fruit and other plants.

They are diurnal and tend to become inactive and sleep as soon as darkness falls.

They are a popular species with children because of their friendly and calm nature and the relative ease of caring for them.