Bearded dragon behaviour
In colder months, bearded dragons can enter a state of ‘torpor’ or hibernation. After this winter cooling period, bearded dragons emerge and males start strutting their stuff! They flare their beards, bite each other’s tails and bob their heads.
Bearded dragons have an intricate system of communication: they bob their head or whole body as a sign of dominance and, best of all, they wave their forearm to show submission!
Bearded dragons are primarily active in the daytime, though in summer they’re busiest in the early morning and late afternoon. They’re omnivorous lizards: they eat fruits and leaves, invertebrates (such as ants and beetles) and small vertebrates, including other lizards.
Water Tricks - What does a bearded dragon do when there’s no standing water to drink? During light rain, this clever lizard will stand on its front limbs, its head and tail sloping down so that water runs towards its mouth. They’re said to hold this position for 30 minutes at a time!
Threats to bearded dragons
Bearded dragons are eaten by birds, goannas, snakes, dingeos and feral cats and foxes. They're also hosts to several types of internal parasites and mites.
When threatened or alarmed bearded dragons puff out their beards and face intruders with an open mouth. At the same time they expand their bodies by inhaling air, making them seem larger than life, and may emit a low hiss.
The biggest threats to bearded dragons are habitat loss and degradation due to land clearing and cattle grazing. They're also sometimes illegally captured for the pet industry. So within the sanctuary here at Yelverton Brook they have a pretty good life.
You can actually be licensed to own your own Bearded Dragon in WA, a pretty easy care pet. Just imagine saying you "Own a Dragon" to your friends!