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This species is called “bearded” because the throat has a region that is flared when it is angry or excited, giving it a beard-like appearance.
The inland bearded dragon searches for prey by perching on tall objects and watching for it. If food is scarce for a long period, it can remain dormant underground until conditions improve. If the dragon feels threatened, it will flare its throat and open its mouth to appear larger and more intimidating. These defense features were designed but were not necessary until after the Fall.
CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes [scaly])
FAMILY: Agamidae (Old Word reptiles)
GENUS/SPECIES: Pogona vitticeps
Size: 16–22 in (0.4–0.6 m)
Weight: 10–18 oz (0.3–0.5 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Animals, insects, and plants
Habitat: Desert regions in central Australia