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Bearded Dragon Care - Various Species And Their Differences

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 204

There are seven recognized species of bearded dragons but this article will discuss the three that you will find in captivity. They all shares several features including a large triangular head and they also display the same hand waving and head bobbing techniques as a form of communication. They are strictly controlled in their native Australia and almost all of the captive specimens available today come from captive parents. All of the species are likely to found near rocks or sunbathing on them and prefer arid environments. The three different species of bearded dragon kept in captivity for the most part are the inland or central bearded dragon, the coastal bearded dragon, and the Rankin bearded dragon.

The central or inland bearded dragon is the one most likely to be found in your local pet store. You will often see these lizards listed just as bearded dragons and they are the easiest to care for. This species tends to be naturally docile and this has led to its popularity for the most part. They are one of the most interactive lizard species you can keep as a pet and their antics and gestures will continue to amuse you as long as you have them. They are selectively bred in captivity to bring out distinctive color varieties and they may be seen with red, orange, yellow, or even blue highlights.

The coastal bearded lizard is about the same size as the inland species but as the name suggests it is found closer to the eastern and southern coasts of Australia. In the wild these two species occasional occupy the same areas but the coastal species are distinguished by the lack of spots on their necks and duller colors patterns overall. These dragons are a little more sturdy in build and able to withstand cooler temperatures than their inland relatives and can also stand higher levels of humidity. They are also known to be more aggressive and harder to calm down in captivity which is probably the reason they are not as commonly seen in the pet trade.

The Rankin bearded dragon is the smallest of the three and only reaches around 13 inches compared to 20 or more inches for the other two. They occur in the central and western regions of Queensland and are not commonly seen offered as pets. Their small size may make then popular in the future as they do not need as much space as their larger relatives. They are also easily recognized by their lack of inflatable beard that these lizards are named after as a whole.

The bearded dragons that are currently in captivity will most likely supply the majority of the dragons that are sold as pets. The inland dragon will continue to be bred for color and size preferences and new colors variations are constantly becoming available. They will also likely remain the most popular of the different species of bearded dragons that will be kept as pets as they are the easiest to tame, breed, and seem to enjoy the company of humans.

I hope you have found this article about Bearded Dragon Care to be of interest to you. If you would like more information on Bearded Lizards or to discover what you shouldn't do if you want to keep your beardie happy take a look at my website beardedlizards.org

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