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Milo, Robin & others
Bearded Dragons Pogona vitticeps
Pogona are a group of lizards containing seven species, they live in the arid rocky semi-desert regions and dry open woodlands of Australia.
They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes, they have even been found on fence posts when living near humans. They enjoy basking on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons. Beardies bury themselves away underground to cool down, being cold blooded they frequently need to find a balance in temperatures to keep their temperature constant.
Currently they are all bred in captivity worldwide, this is because exporting them from Australia is illegal. They are often kept as pets or exhibited.
If you handle a beardie you must make sure all of its body is being supported, they also like all of their four limbs to be supported too. It must not be held by its chest as it may make it difficult for it to breathe.
Adults can be 16 to 24 inches from head to tail and weigh between 10 to 20 oz. They forage for food including small lizards, flowers, insects, fruit and other plants in the daytime. At the sanctuary they are fed finely diced fruit and leafy green vegetables, insects, including locusts, crickets and mealworms.
They are generally a hardy lizard and can live for 10 years or more.
Did you know that avocado and rhubarb are generally thought to be fatal if fed to a bearded dragon.