Eastern Bearded Dragon
Colour: Mottled grey with some yellow tones. There are paired pale blotches along the spine. A grey/brown stripe is found behind the eye to the ear. The underside is also grey with darker circles. Often seen with its mouth open which is yellow in colour. It has a spiny body and tail particularly on the side of the body.
Size: up to 67 cm long
Diet: forages on roadsides on insects, worms, snails, small lizards, flowers, fruits and other soft plant matter
Breeding: dominant males display frequently and are very aggressive/territorial, only allowing juveniles and females to enter area.
What to Observe
- Presence of juveniles
ClimateWatch Science Advisor
We expect lizards to start mating and laying eggs earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start showing basking behaviour earlier in the spring than they once accustomed. They may also start appearing in new areas as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them. In contrast, they may also start disappearing from areas that become too warm, particularly in upland areas where they can't move any higher to reach cooler regions.
When To Look
- Spring for mating
- August-December for soft-shelled eggs that are buried in sand and backfilled (hatchlings emerge 45-79 days later)
Where To Look
- NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, ACT
- Semi arboreal and seen on branches, logs and on the ground among vegetation in woodlands and scrub. Often in drier areas.
The map below displays the accumulated observations of these species as reported by ClimateWatch observers, together with the layer showing how the range of the species might change between now and 2085, with orange areas indicating where the species might disappear, and green areas where the species range might expand.
Cogger, H. (1996) 5th Ed. Reptiles and amphibians of Australia. Reed Books. Australia
Swan, G; Shea G., and Sadlier, R. (2004) A field guide to Reptiles of New South Wales. 2nd Ed. Redd New Holland, Australia
Cronin, L. (2009) Cronin’s Key Guide: Australian Repitles and Frogs. Jacana Books. Crows Nest, Australia.
P. vitticeps, known as the Inland Bearded Dragon is similar in appearance to P. barbata, however, mostly reside in inland Australia.
Did You Know?
Bearded Dragons feed on insects, flowers and herbaceous plants.
Often seen basking on roads.