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INLAND BEARDED DRAGON

or Central Bearded Dragon
Pogona vitticeps
This species grows to approximately 45cm (18") total length.

INLAND BEARDED DRAGON Pogona vitticeps REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed basking on this bush on the side of a dirt road at Burra, South Australia


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Approximate distribution of the Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)

INLAND BEARDED DRAGON Pogona vitticeps REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
The above Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is from Port Wakefield South Australia which is at the edge of its range.|
It was basking on a fence post, and we found a few of these dragons in the area after about 15 minutes of driving.

  

This baby Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed at Brookfield Conservation Park, near Blanchetown on the River Murray, SA. It allowed me to approach it on this branch and photograph it without running away.
This baby Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed at Brookfield Conservation Park, near Blanchetown on the River Murray, SA. It allowed me to approach it on this branch and photograph it without running away.


Baby Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) photographed at Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia
Baby Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) photographed at Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia



Baby Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) photographed at Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia, showing the layout of the spines on its head



This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) photographed at Port Wakefield, South Australia, was laying on top of this fence post, and moved into this position as I approached it.
This large Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) photographed at Port Wakefield, South Australia, was laying on top of this fence post, and moved into this position as I approached it.


This large Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) photographed at Port Wakefield, South Australia, relied on its camouflage rather than running away as I photographed it.

 

This very cold and drowsy Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed where it was found near Monash in the Riverland, South Australia
This very cold and drowsy subadult Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed where it was found near Monash in the Riverland, South Australia


This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed where it was found at Barmera in the Riverland, South Australia
This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed at Barmera in the Riverland, South Australia


This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed where it was found at Barmera in the Riverland, South Australia
This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) was photographed at Barmera in the Riverland, South Australia


INLAND BEARDED DRAGON Pogona vitticeps REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Captive raised Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)


INLAND BEARDED DRAGON Pogona vitticeps REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
This Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is from Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.


This is a common species over most of its range, seen in large numbers in spring. Very popular in the pet trade in many countries.

Colour varies from pale grey to dark grey, yellow, red, orange, usually geographic and may be influenced by soil/sand colour. Although usually called an Inland Bearded Dragon, it is found near the coast in some areas of South Australia, including Port Wakefield, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, and Whyalla.

This species is often confused with Pogona barbata and other Pogona species.

Size may also vary significantly geographically.

Although I have never found Pogona vitticeps and Pogona barbata together, both species appear to be found only a few kilometers from each other where the ranges meet, so there may be some overlap in parts of their range.

This species can be hybridised with the Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) and the Black-Soil Bearded Dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni)

Silkie Bearded Dragon


Silkie Bearded Dragon
The Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) in the 2 photos above with no spines and virtually no scales is sold in the pet shops as a Silky Bearded Dragon - They are more likely to have health problems than normal Inland Bearded Dragons and do not occur in the wild. A Silky Bearded Dragon is produced by crossing 2 Leatherback Bearded Dragons

Leatherback Bearded Dragon
The juvenile Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) in the photo above with reduced spines is sold in the pet shops as a Leatherback Bearded Dragon. If you cross 2 Leatherback Bearded Dragons you will get a Silky Bearded Dragon with no spines or scales.
Neither of these hybrids occur in the wild.


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