4/10/10 - New babies added to our Available page, including Red/Citrus x Red Tiger!
This is the homepage for the bearded dragon section of our site. From here you're able to navigate to our various bearded dragon pages. This page will also contain our latest news about babies becoming available, eggs being laid and hatching, brand new dragons joining our collection and so on.
Bearded Dragons are medium-sized, heavy-bodies lizards native to Australia. They will typically reach around 18" in length, and attain a weight of around 400-500g. If kept correctly they are capable of very rapid growth, and can potentially grow from a 4" hatchling to an 18" adult in a single year.
The name "Bearded Dragon" derives from their characteristic "beards" of elongated, pointy spikes around their throats. Although they may look sharp and menacing, the spines of most individuals are actually quite soft. Although the name can refer to seven or eight different species of lizard, only two are commonly kept in the UK - Pogona vitticeps (the Inland or Central Bearded Dragon) and Pogona henrylawsoni (the Rankins Dragon). Of these, inland bearded dragons are by far the most common. In addition to the defined "wild" species, captive-bred hybrid species are also known to exist, such as the "vittikins" dragon (P. vitticeps crossed to P. henrylawsoni).
Inland bearded dragons are available in a variety of colours and patterns (known as "morphs"), and have a tendency to become very docile. A combination of their good nature, varied appearance and relative ease of care has led to bearded dragons being very popular "first time" lizards, although they certainly have the capacity to amuse and intrigue even the most experienced reptile keepers!
Their care is fairly straightforward - a detailed guide can be found in our Caresheet. We also have a large section dedicated to information about beardies - ranging from care advice and breeding, to genetics and morphs, to their natural history and evolution.