Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon in the reptile house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Bearded Dragon Natural History

Size

Can grow approx 45-60cm (18-24in) in length.

Habitat and Distribution

This lizard is from Australia and can occupy a large range of habitats from the desert to dry forests and scrubland.

Age

They live about 8-15 years.

Diet

A typical diet for a bearded is leafy greens, vegetables and a regular meal of insects which include crickets and locusts.

Groups and Breeding

Dragons can lay between 7-42 eggs at a time but normally lay between 20-30 eggs. Females will dig a hole preferably where damp and bury the eggs, they are normally incubated for 50-75 days if the eggs are not fertile the female tends to eat them.

Threats

Fireflies and all other animals with bioluminescence chemicals are fatal to Bearded Dragons, however beyond this they are a fairly common lizard in their natural habitat and are now one of the most commonly kept pet lizards.

Interesting facts

These lizards are popular exotic pets and will be also known to people as Beardies.  When it feels threatened a bearded dragon will expand a spiny pouch under their jaw, as well as inhaling a large breath of air to puff them selves out, making themselves not only look bigger, but also putting pressure behind the further spines which flank the sides of its body.

The Bearded Dragons During Your Day Out in Kent

There are 2 times you can meet these amazing placid lizards during a day out at Wingham Wildlife Park.  They are always on display in the reptile house but for a closer encounter, they can sometimes be met face to face in one of our hands on encounters in the education center.  Please check our feed and talk times page thought if you want to meet one as they are not carried out every day.