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10 Bearded Dragon Fun Facts

If you’re thinking about bringing home a reptile as your new family pet, consider the bearded dragon. They tend to be quite sociable and fun. Before you make your final decision, however, read the following fun facts, then stop by your neighborhood Petco to meet one in person and have any additional questions answered by an expert.

Bearded dragon on log in habitat

  1. They come from down under. Bearded dragons—or “beardies,” as they are often referred to by enthusiasts—hail from Australia. They were brought to the United States in the 1990s and have since become very popular family pets.
  2. There are multiple types of bearded dragon. Of the eight species of bearded dragons, Pogona vitticeps, the inland or central bearded dragon, is the one most commonly kept as a household pet.
  3. This little pet can expect a full life. A pet bearded dragon who is properly cared for—with the right diet and habitat—can be expected to live from 3 to 10 years.
  4. Their “beard” is actually a defense mechanism. Bearded dragons get their name from the expandable flap of skin that’s located under their chin. This expansion only occurs, however, when the animal is threatened, stressed or aroused during mating. The beard is actually made up of spikes and scales. Bearded dragon pet, petco
  5. Bearded dragons can develop some distinctive behaviors. Besides the ability to puff out their beard when aroused or stressed, some bearded dragons exhibit a behavioral characteristic known as “arm waving”—wherein they lift up one arm slowly before placing it back down—sometimes combined with a slow head bob. Experts aren’t sure why bearded dragons do this, but one theory is that it’s an indication of submission when a more dominant animal has arrived on the scene. Bearded dragons explore their environment with their tongue, flicking or licking things they come in contact with.
  6. Bearded dragons are omnivorous. A varied diet is required to keep your bearded dragon healthy. This includes vegetables and other plant materials, as well as crickets, worms and even small, frozen, thawed rodents.
  7. Bearded dragons are cold-blooded. Since these animals are cold-blooded, they rely on external heat sources to raise their overall body temperature. This means providing the proper heating and lighting sources for your pet is essential to their health.
  8. This animal is very social. Don’t let their scaly exterior fool you—bearded dragons can be very friendly and curious, and their gentle nature makes them good options for older children who can handle the responsibility of a pet.  Bearded dragon being held
  9. Take caution when housing bearded dragons together. Although most bearded dragons are social, adults of the same sex may become aggressive toward each other when housed together, even in a large enclosure. Consult with a specialist before adding another dragon to your home.
  10. They’re more of the silent type. While they will hiss when threatened, a happy bearded dragon will be a relatively quiet pet—a perfect trait if you’re considering making one a roommate.

Bearded dragons are fantastic pets when they are provided with the appropriate items they need to stay happy and healthy.