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Inland Bearded Dragon

on July 28, 2008
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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.

Inland Bearded Dragon

Design

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.

Features

  • 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.
  • Most inland bearded dragons are brown or tan while some have patterns along their backs.

Fun Facts

  • The inland bearded dragon loves the sun. It will sunbathe for hours during the morning and afternoon.
  • Smaller inland bearded dragons will “wave” at the more dominant male with one of their forelimbs.

Created Kind Members

Desert agama

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

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