Description: The Eastern Bearded Dragon has a harsh, spiky appearance but usually has a placid temperament. If approached in the wild, the bearded dragon’s usual response is to freeze and rely on its camouflage. If further threatened they puff themselves up, extend the ‘beard’ under the throat and open the mouth wide to reveal the bright yellow lining. At a total length of around 55cm, the grey-brown Eastern Bearded Dragon is an impressive animal.
Habitat: Commonly inhabits open forests, woodlands, scrub and even some disturbed areas such as farmland.
Diet: Leaves, fruits, berries and flowers make up 80-90% of their diet. Insects make up the balance of the adult diet and the majority of the juvenile diet.
Breeding: In spring male dragons keep a close eye out for passing females, attracting their attention with a series of frantic head bobs and arm waving. A month or so after mating, the female lays a clutch of 10-20 oval shaped white eggs. These are laid in a shallow hole dug into the soil in an open sunny spot. The eggs hatch after around two months of incubation.
DID YOU KNOW?Once reaching maturity, the Eastern Bearded Dragon will shed every six to eight weeks.