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  Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)





Central Bearded Dragon | Pogona vitticeps photo
Central Bearded Dragon

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Central Bearded Dragon | Pogona vitticeps photo
Pogona vitticeps head

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Central Bearded Dragon | Pogona vitticeps photo
Pogona vitticeps young

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Central Bearded Dragon | Pogona vitticeps photo
Pogona vitticeps, adult male, orange form.

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REPTILE FACTS

Description
The Central Bearded Dragon is similar in shape to the Eastern Bearded Dragon. It has beard of spines around the throat and only one or two rows of spines down the sides. The spines across the back of the head are in a straight line. The body is grey to reddish brown with pale blotches. The inside of the mouth is pink and some animals have a patch of orange on side of the head around the eye. The beard is often black on mature males.

Size
25cm snout to vent length

Habitat
semi-arid to arid woodlands

Food
omnivorous. Feeds on insects and other invertebrates, flowers, fruit, leaves.

Breeding
Females dig a burrow and lay up to 24 eggs per clutch, and up to 9 clutches per year. In captive conditions, the eggs will hatch in 55 to 75 days.

Range
The Central Bearded Dragon is found in eastern central parts of Australia

Notes
Central Bearded Dragons are popular in the pet trade. They are easy to keep and breed because of their manageable size and pleasant temperament. They have an inquisitive nature, and can be interesting pets.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Sauria)
Family:Agamidae
Genus:Pogona
Species:vitticeps
Common Name:Central Bearded Dragon

Relatives in same Genus
  Bearded Dragon (P. barbata)
  Lawson's dragon (P. henrylawsoni)
  Dwarf Bearded Dragon (P. minor minima)
  Western Bearded Dragon (P. minor minor)
  Mitchell's Dragon (P. mitchelli)