Reptile Pogona barbata (Common or Eastern Bearded Dragon)

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Scientific Name: Pogona barbata

Common Name: Common or Eastern Bearded Dragon

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Lacertilia

Family: Agamidae

Genus: Pogona

Other Names: Bearded Dragon, Jew Lizaed and often mistakenly called Frilly Lizard

Distribution: Distributed the length of the eastern quarter of Australia

Habitat: common in open forests, heathland, scrub and even some disturbed areas such as farmland. Their main requirement are trees that they can utilize for escape, sun-baking or to simply survey their territory.

Field Notes: usually grey-black in skin colour and is sometimes reddish-brown, yellowish-brown, or dark brown. Juveniles are paler in colour than the adults and have patterns that fade as they mature. As it matures it develops a subtle pale yellow, blue, or green tinge on the forepart of its head. The adult males can grow up to about 24 inches (60 cm), and females up to 20 inches (50 cm). The adult males have a dark grey to black "beard".

P. barbata retains venom glands on both the upper and lower jaws. (Fry et al. 2006)
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Do they actually produce venom?
I used to keep them as pets when I was a kid and let them crawl all over me siting on
my head and wearing them as a badge on my shirt. and was also accidentally bitten a few times
when they were a bit too enthuastic about termites I was feeding them off my fingers.

Hairy
 

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I remember you getting bitten by a blue tongue as well.
 

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That was to demonstrate that they were'nt venomous just like Harry Butler did on the tv.
Damn they have sharp teeth though and strong jaws. Now we learn they might be venomous too.
 

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Harry actually used a shingleback, which has weaker jaws... You bled, he didn't
 

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A friend from Hopevale was able to spot this one hiding on an ironbark today (mid winter).
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"I'm a big nasty lizard, leave me alone."
My dog got a bit too close to this one so he put on this display.
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