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Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons are lizards indigenous to Australia, and are commonly kept as pets. These reptiles get their name because of a behavior where they can puff out and darken the skin under their throats, which looks like a beard. They are omnivorous, as they eat both greens and insects. Bearded dragons are one of the most popular of reptile pets. Please make sure to check out the wealth of information on this site to help you take the best care of your bearded dragon as possible.
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Bearded dragons are originally from Australia.

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Dec, 2014 The new User Image Upload Manager is not available! Check out this forum topic for more info.

Nov, 2014 The 2015 Bearded Dragon Calendars now available! More information can be found on this forum topic.

Oct, 2014 New forum notifications! Now notifications about replies to topics are formatted in a nicer looking and easier to read format!

Oct, 2014 Mobile Device support is here! A new layout to best support whichever device you're using; smart phone, tablet, etc.

Sep, 2014 The Discussion Forums have an improved look and feel and a new Similar Topics feature! More info here.

Jan, 2014 Our Visitor Photo Album has been remodelled!

Jan, 2014 New Article: A Newbies Guide on What to Buy

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2019 Bearded Dragon Calendar Now Available!!

Posted Sunday November 18, 2018
Image Hello everyone! It's that time of year again! A big huge thank you to all the members who submitted the beautiful pictures of their bearded dragons for the 2019 calendar. This year, we have ourselves a beautiful new calendar for 2019!! More than 45 bearded dragons from our community strutting their stuff to bring you 2019 with bearded dragon style!! Get yours today!!! Order one! Order several for each of your bearded dragon fans!!

Profits from the calendars contribute towards the cost and management of BeardedDragon.org! All calendars are available at the Beardie Stuff Store. To comment or discuss, check out this announcement topic.

Bearded Dragon Gender Determined Just Before Hatching!

Posted Tuesday November 20, 2018
ImageResearchers from the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have discovered that bearded dragon lizards take their time to decide whether they are male or female. ... Using a suite of techniques including scanning electron microscopy and histology, the researchers revealed that in the egg, female dragons with ovaries also completely develop the male sexual organ, called a 'hemipenis'. "Amazingly, this male structure is retained until just before the females hatch out of the egg," Ms Whiteley said. "This means that during approximately one third of the embryonic development, female bearded dragons present as half male." Read Full Story Here!

New Research About Bearded Dragon Color Changes

Posted Thursday June 9, 2016
Image Stop the press!!! Bearded dragons change colors based on environmental and social conditions!!! Oh! Wait... most of us who have had bearded dragons have known this for quite some time.

However, it's great to see real scientific research being done on reptiles and bearded dragons specifically. While we all know about the various social behaviors, color changes, and such, we know this through our own anecdotal experiences. With more scientific research being performed about bearded dragons, we may learn new subtle details that were previously unknown.

Be sure to check out more information about this new bearded dragon research!

Bearded Dragons Have Sleep Patterns

Posted Friday May 27, 2016
Image Many people know that humans have sleep patterns. We have the different phases of sleep, including REM (rapid eye movement) and slow wave sleep. And in each phase our brains go into different patterns of stimulation than when we're awake and cycles regularly between each phase.

Well, it turns out that bearded dragons also have sleep patterns. This was previously not known. A new study led by Dr. Gilles Laurent from the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany has led to this discovery in bearded dragons and is hoped to help us better understand how sleep patterns have evolved. A bit geeky, but neat stuff. Anyone ever wonder... what do bearded dragons dream about?

For more information, check out this article or Google search for "bearded dragon sleep patterns" under the news tab on Google.

New Article: Practical Tips for Brumation

Posted Wednesday December 9, 2015
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In these colder months with less daylight, many of our bearded dragons decide to take a deep slumber. This can be very scary for the keeper of a bearded dragon, as they don't want to eat, they sleep all day, and in many ways, this resembles serious illness.

Georgina Rayner of Swell Reptiles (UK) has contributed a nice little article with helpful tips during this difficult times. Be sure to read the new article, "Practical Tips for a Healthy Bruiting Bearded Dragon".

And if you would like to read more information on brumation, check out our previous article on the topic, written by Denise Bushnell.