Pogona is a genus of reptiles containing six lizard species which are often known by the common name bearded dragons. The name "bearded dragon" refers to the underside of the throat (or "beard") of the lizard, which can turn black and gain weight for a number of reasons, most often as a result of stress, or if they feel threatened. They are a semi-arboreal species, spending significant amounts of time on branches, in bushes, and near human habitation. Pogona species bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons. Their diet consists primarily of insects, vegetation, and occasionally small rodents. They are found throughout much of Australia and inhabit a wide range of environments, such as deserts, shrublands and Eucalyptus woodlands.

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The right vivarium bearded dragon

Bearded Dragon can grow to around 45cm including their long tail, so they need enough space to roam around. A 120cm long x 60cm high x 60 cm wide vivarium is the minimum size you’ll need for one adult dragon.

Make sure it’s secure, well-ventilated and made from solid material that’s easy to clean.¬†There are lots of different furnishings for bearded dragons. If using sand, use reptile-safe sand and avoid ‘calci-sand’, as it’s dangerous for reptiles if they accidentally eat it.

It’s important to add accessories to your beardy’s vivarium, such as rocks and branches to climb on. You can also help your beardy feel secure by making sure they have some good hiding areas


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Bearded dragon health - shedding and brumation Beardies shed their skin in large pieces. There's no rule as to how often it happens, but younger dragons do shed more than older dragons. Shedding problems can usually be corrected by improving their environment, but always ask the advice of a specialist reptile vet if you have any problems. During cooler seasons, it's normal for bearded dragons to slow down, sleep more and eat less. It's a bit like hibernation, but for lizards, it's called brumation. They shouldn't lose weight or stop eating entirely, so keep a close eye on them and get in touch with your vet if they're losing weight.