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Bearded Dragons

Pogona vitticeps
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern

Pogona is a genus of lizards containing seven species, which are often known by the common name bearded dragons.  The term "bearded dragon" is most commonly used to describe the Central Bearded Dragon.  Members of this genus live in the arid, rocky, semi-desert regions and dry open woodlands of Australia.  They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes and spend time near human habitation.  Pogona bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons.  The species are found throughout Australia.Several species of this genus have been domesticated, especially Pogona vitticeps and are often kept as pets or exhibited.

The genus is in the subfamily Agaminae of the family Agamidae. Their characteristics include spiny scales arranged in rows and clusters.  These are found on the throat, which can be expanded when threatened, and at the back of the head.  The species also displays a hand-waving gesture; this is to show submission between Dragons.  They also have a head bobbing act to show dominance.  They have the ability to change color during rivalry challenges between males, and in response to temperature change and other stimuli, such as turning black to absorb heat.  They can grown to the size of about 13 to 24 inches (330 to 610 mm).

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