Bearded Dragons Can Change Their Gender!

Posted Sunday July 26, 2015
ImageSo, it seems that bearded dragons are capable of changing their gender under circumstances of extreme heat. Specifically, male bearded dragons with specific chromosomes can become female.

This is believed to be a genetic trait evolved with the effect of keeping the species alive during extreme times, as more females can lay more eggs, and thus increase the chances of survival of the species.

However, it's worth noting that this has not yet been observed in nature. The reasons for this can be complex. One theory is that it's possible that certain conditions in nature counteract this effect

"The findings suggest that as global temperatures rise, bearded dragons can quickly change their sex determination process from one governed by chromosomes to one governed by temperature." - ABC Science

I have to say, with all my years of having kept bearded dragons, this was one discovery I wasn't expecting to read about! Oh, and I know this shouldn't need to be said, but please do not try to change your beardie's gender by baking them with extreme heat.

If you'd like to read the original study, published in the Nature journal, it can be purchased from them directly.