Scientific Name: Pogona vitticeps

Found In: desert to dry forests and scrublands in Eastern and central Australia

Size: 13 – 24 inches

Diet: Omnivore: plant material, insects, spiders, small invertebrates and some small mammals

Threat Level: Least concern, commonly found in the pet industry

Facts: The “beard” is an expandable throat pouch with spiky scales used to both ward off predators and attackers or for mating displays.

Bearded Dragon at the Virginia Zoo