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5 Things You Didn't Know About Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons may be relatively new to the shores of America, but they sure are cool. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about bearded dragons and why should strongly consider getting one yourself.



Fact 1

Bearded dragons hail from the deserts of Australia. They weren’t introduced into the United States until the 1990s, but have since become common reptile pets.


Fact 2

Bearded dragons get their name from the spiny projections under their necks that resemble a man’s beard. When bearded dragons feel threatened, they puff out their beards, and open their mouths to make themselves look bigger.


Fact 3

Bearded dragons can run up to 9 miles per hour. But for the most part, they are quite sedentary lizards.


Fact 4

These reptiles eat a variety of things including insects, greens and small pieces of meat, such as rodents.


Fact 5

Bearded dragons wave their arms to show species recognition or to demonstrate submission.