Allow Me to Introduce . . . by Jan Richardson

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This is Lizzie, the largest, (and we presume, female) of our resident wild colony of bearded dragons. The colony is at Grenfell, on the south west slopes of NSW. Yesterday was the first time we have seen them out this Spring. Now we have to be careful not to tread on them or mow them, or run over them! They can be so still you just don’t see them until you are about to stumble over them. They have no fear of us, and seem to like our company. Tiger, our cat, is their protector and proud ‘uncle’ to their young ones when they arrive.

Lizzie appears to be in prime breeding condition – just look how plump and well-fed she is! She will now perch herself on any high vantage point she can to advertise for suiters – and there will be plenty come to visit, too! LOL


  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 6 years ago

    Excellent shot

  • WOW! That was fast! LOL thank you for the comment.

    – Jan Richardson

  • eXposure
    eXposureover 6 years ago

    so amazing that they live comfortably close to you Jan …
    wonderful capture

  • Thanks Wendy. ;-)) We seem to get on well with most animals and birds, once they realise we don’t want to hurt them. We respect their space and let them come to us – which they usually do!

    – Jan Richardson

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Oh she’s so beautiful – I hope you can get some photos of the little ones when they appear.

  • Oh, Bev! The little ones are so pretty! They do stay pretty well under cover though, so they don’t become food for birds. I usually only come upon them by accident. the only time I’ve seen them out in the open was when they were clambering all over Tiger, while he lay there with a smile on his face!!! He brought one very gently inside one day, to show us that they had arrived. When Art took the little one and took it back outside, Tiger ‘chucked a wobbly’! he was SO upset that we seemed to think that he would hurt the little fellow!

    – Jan Richardson

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Wonderful story Jan!

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    My goodness! Lizzie is, well, quite lovely, but bless her heart I’d be running in the opposite direction if I saw her. I’d be afraid to cut your grass. This is a fascinating photo and your commentary is equally great, loved learning about Lizzie!

  • Cora, thank you so much for you comment. Bearded dragons are not the tiniest bit agressive. Their first line of defence is their ability to change colour to something near their surroundings and stay very very still. If this doesn’t work, they inflate the air sac (beard) which is under their chin and around the sides of their face, open their mouth very wide and hiss! The only more drastic action they can take is to turn tail and run, which they can do surprisingly fast!

    What I like most about them is that I can be sitting quietly weeding the garden, then look up to find one or more of them have come to jkeep me company, watching to see if I disturb any insects for them!

    – Jan Richardson

  • Sharon Robertson
    Sharon Robertsonabout 6 years ago

  • Sharon, I just realised what this was for!!!! thank you so much for allerting me. I can be just so thick sometimes! LOL

    – Jan Richardson

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