Locale: Australia, Central and northwestern Queensland
Habitat: Transition zone to semi-desert
Average Size: SVL 13 cm, TL: 30 cm
Average Life Span: 10-15 years
Captive care: ≥ 20 gal aquarium, substrate: sand (with undertank heat pad), or sand/soil/sphagnum moss mix, or paper towel; driftwood, shelter, basking light, screen cover (can be loose), shallow water dish (like to soak). Can be housed in groups with more than one male (will establish dominance hierarchy). Some breeders prefer a bare bottom tank, especially for hatchlings.
Temperature: 80-85˚F (26-29˚C) with basking 90˚F (32˚C); 70˚F at night
Lighting: Full spectrum light; incandescent for heat
Diet: Crickets (calcium/vitamin dusted), dubia roaches, mealworms, super worms (Zoophoba); finely chopped greens/mixed veggies. Cricket length should be about the distance between the lizard’s eyes.
Age specific care:
Hatchlings/juveniles: Appropriately sized crickets and mealworms, chopped greens (dusted daily), feed all will eat in 15 minute period. Do not leave uneaten crickets in cage.
Adult: Feed every 1-2 days; crickets (dust 2 feedings/week), meal worms, dubia roaches, super worms, dark leafy greens daily. Some prefer mealworms over crickets.
Breeding: Two month brumation at room temperature with lights off. Clutches of 5-18 eggs (2-3 weeks after breeding), up to 5 clutches per season (incubate at 28˚C)
Temperament: Docile enough to hold.
Notes: Smallest of the eight bearded dragon (Pogona) species.
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Compiled by Eileen Underwood, 10/2004. Updated 8/2016.