Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)
Unlike their "look-alike stunt lizards" from the movie "Holes," real Bearded Dragons are neither venomous nor aggressive.
The world's only known venomous lizards are the Gila Monster and Beaded Lizard from the American southwestern and Mexican deserts. None of these animals pose a threat to people provided we follow nature's rule of "look but don't touch." Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has 2 Bearded Dragons on exhibit in Professor Beardsley's Research Station.
Large lizards (1' to 2' in length) with broad triangular heads, round compressed bodies and spiky expandable throat patches. Bearded Dragons range in color from tan to reddish or even gold tones.
Desert and semi-arid forest and savanna regions of interior Australia. These lizards are semi-arbore.
Eastern and Central interior Australia.
Fruits, leaves, flowers, insects and occasionally small rodents and lizards.
Female dragons can lay up to nine clutches of 15-30 eggs in sand or soil each year. The eggs hatch after 55 to 75 days of incubation. Like most reptiles, the hatchlings receive no parental care. The young reach maturity at 1 to 2 years of age.
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Contact Info: Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo 1875 Noble Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06610
Main Number: (203) 394-6565