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Bearded Dragons Facts That You May Not Know

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Written by Arlene S. Lane

There are some of the most interesting bearded dragons facts that most of us may not know, even those who own bearded dragon pets may not know them. They are kind of cute and one of the easiest pet reptiles to own even for the beginners as well all know. Bearded dragons are one of those lizards that live on scrublands, deserts, savannas, and subtropical forests in Australia.

One of the major bearded dragon traits of personality is their friendly behavior. Because of their laid-back attitude, they are frequently kept as pets across the globe. Because of their spikey beaded neck, they got their name as bearded dragons. They are loved by reptile enthusiasts for their “beardies.” Here are some interesting bearded dragons facts to read about.

1- Bearded Dragons Are Tree Climbers

Though bearded dragons are laid back and considered lazy, you may not that they can climb trees as well. Though in the wild they are terrestrial animals but they can also climb trees when needed. For instance, the time when they are being attacked by a predator or the food is not available on the ground. They are avid sunbathers and climb trees for great spots to bask or simply to soak in a more elevated position than other bearded dragons, that is their way of showing dominance.

2- Illegal To Export

You may be looking at your bearded dragons sleeping and wondering if you can take them to other countries. Well not exactly, their homeland Australia has strict rules for exporting its wildlife (including bearded dragons) So what you own was actually a smuggled one that breeds. However, there are (estimated not confirmed) 900 bearded dragons living domestically and in zoos around the world. 

3- Unique Romantic Style

This is another one of the best-bearded dragons facts for you. They have a unique way of showing their romantic gestures to their female partners. Bearded dragons will display their romantic interest by moving their heads up and down at potential mates. The male bearded dragon moves his head fast, while the female follows by bobbing her head slower. They also wave at each other to show their interest.

4- Teeth Regeneration

Talk about bearded dragon facts, we know they are reptiles and they can regrow their limbs upon losing. However, bearded dragon’s teeth can regrow when they loose them. The process of regrowing teeth in bearded dragons is similar to the geckos and sharks where they can grow their frontal teeth over time.

5- Speedy Reptiles

One of the interesting bearded dragons facts is its speed. While they are known for their laidback attitude, you may not know that they can run fast which is 9 miles per hour. However, most of the time you can find your bearded dragons sleeping in the sunlight.

6- Water On Their Heads

Adaptation to the harsh environment is one of the best-bearded dragon traits. Bearded dragons thrive in desert environments which are generally harsh, dry, and parched; animals living there have developed unique strategies for adapting. One interesting method employed by members of the Pogona genus includes collecting rain directly on themselves during infrequent rainfalls by standing on hind legs with heads tilted downward while gently lapping up each droplet as it flows down their faces for up to 30 minutes at a time – an impressive feat of endurance requiring them to conserve every drop they get!

7- Bearded Dragon Diet

The bearded dragon diet consists of several things. From greens, and leaves to fruits, flowers, and small pieces of meat, including insects, small rodents, and small lizards.

8- Change Color Like Chameleons

No, we are not talking about an upset bearded dragon but every bearded dragon. Though their color-changing behavior isnt as prominent as chameleons, still it is an interesting behavior to observe in chameleons. Also, they can isolate the part of the body that they don’t want to change. On a sunny day, they will have a lighter color of body and on a darker day, they will go darker to absorb more light and heat.

9- Sleeping Beauties

One of the interesting bearded dragons facts is their week-long slumber period during fall. Though it can happen at any time of the year as well. Also, another interesting thing about bearded dragons sleeping is that they can sleep while standing up. The bearded dragons sleeping duration can be two weeks long and once they woke up, they will go on living their lives.

10- Chins and Emotions

Another interesting bearded dragon fact is the way they show emotions. It is incredibly unique. An upset bearded dragon or the threatened one will often go dark scaled on its chin. They can puff up their chin to look big. However, a calm and happy bearded dragon will have a similar color chin to its body, indicating that they are calm and neutral.

11- Powdered Pee!

One of the unique or bizarre bearded dragon traits is its pee or urination. It also has the name of urate. Because they pee that looks like a chalky powder. This happens because it has evolved this technique to save water in the dry environment where it resides.

12- Leash Train Pet Reptile

One of the best things about bearded reptiles is that they have a calm demeanor. Bearded dragon’s behavior is gentle and neutral most of the time. They can become a great pet reptile and you can even wear them a leash as well. 


So, here are the best and most interesting bearded dragons facts compilation. They are undoubtedly one of the most unique pets to own. Knowing these facts will increase your interest in these gentle reptiles. Just make sure you know the bearded dragon care, for its better health. For more pet care guides, interesting facts, and information, browse our blog.

About the author

Arlene S. Lane

Arlene S. Lane is a veterinary technician and hospital manager with over 12 years of experience. Arlene has been contributed expert content to The Pet's Rise for over 10 years.
Arlene has worked in veterinary medicine since 2017. Arlene's veterinary experience ranges from routine wellness care and preventive medicine to emergency and specialty care, where she has performed duties ranging from specialized nursing to clinical administration.

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