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Pogona is a reptile genus that includes six lizard species that are commonly referred to as bearded dragons. The term “bearded dragon” alludes to the lizard’s underside of the throat (or “beard”), which can turn black and puff up for a variety of causes, the most common of which being stress or feeling threatened. They are a semi-arboreal species that spends a lot of time on branches, in shrubs, and in close proximity to humans. In the mornings and afternoons, Pogona species bask on rocks and exposed branches. Insects, plants, and small rodents make up the majority of their food. They may be found over most of Australia and live in a variety of habitats, including deserts, shrublands, and Eucalyptus forests.

Pogona belongs to the Amphibolurinae subfamily of the Agamidae lizard family. Bearded dragons have wide, triangular heads, flattened bodies, and rows and clusters of spiky scales that cover their whole body. To ward off predators and make their rather dull spikes more deadly, bearded dragons puff up their bodies and beards when threatened. A hand-waving motion is used to indicate surrender (usually when acknowledging another bearded dragon’s territory), and a head-bobbing display is used to demonstrate dominance between dragons.

Some have the capacity to change color somewhat during male rivalry contests, in reaction to ambient temperature changes (e.g., becoming black to absorb heat), and in response to other inputs. Males may reach 60 cm (24 in) in length, while females can reach 51 cm (20 in).

Adult bearded dragons are fiercely protective of their territory. As they mature, they establish territories in which displays of aggressiveness and appeasement are commonplace. To protect territory, food supplies, or in competition for a female, a dominant male may adopt a dominating attitude and occasionally prepare for a battle by attacking a male attacker. Any guy that approaches without exhibiting submissive behavior is considered a threat to the territory. Females who do not reciprocate with submissive signals have been known to be attacked by aggressive men.

Adult male bearded dragons can bite more violently than adult female bearded dragons, and this difference is linked to larger head dimensions.

The bearded dragon is available in a variety of hues. Mating and aggressive displays, as well as heat control, are all done using the beard. It’s part of a set of motions and signals that the dragons use to communicate at a basic level. Men and females both have beards, although males wear them more frequently, especially during courting rituals. Females wear their beards as a show of aggressiveness as well. During the show, the beard darkens, occasionally going completely black, and inflates.

To look more menacing, the bearded dragon may expand its lips and gape, as well as inflate its beard. When confronted with a predator, extreme behavior like as hissing, expanding the body, and tilting towards the threat might be observed in defense. Bearded dragons have powerful jaws, but they will only strike as a last option if they are threatened by something other than their own kind.

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