Bearded Dragon (after ecdysis) by Neil Ross

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Photos taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!
My backyard in Brisbane QLD Australia

Bearded Dragon is the common name for any agamid lizard in the genus Pogona. Bearded Dragons are popular exotic pets in many places, notably the Inland Bearded Dragon.

They have broad triangular heads and flattened bodies, with adults reaching approximately 50 cm (19.5 inches) head-to-tail. Males are slightly longer than females, but females are slightly heavier. They owe their name to a distinctive series of lateral spines (specialized scales) radiating horizontally from the head and base of the tail. They are mostly terrestrial, but climb to bask and search for prey. They inhabit mostly open woodlands, scrub, and desert.

All species are native to Australia, but have been exported worldwide, and due to their convenient size, hardiness, and omnivorous diet, are popular reptile pets. They are one of the most popular pet lizards in the United States.

Bearded dragons also shed their skin because they grow continuously throughout their lives. However, their skin does not grow with them so to accommodate this increase of size, every reptile must shed its scaly skin periodically. This process is known as ecdysis. When the time to shed draws near, a layer of water will form underneath the outer layer of the scales. This layer works to loosen the old skin and separates it slightly from the new layer underneath.

This lovely fellow has shed much of his skin since we first met yesterday morning. The new scales look very fresh and clean, and his happy disposition and charming personality indicate he’s a very healthy animal. Nice one :D

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    I will have to give dinned a miss call on Miss Jones she would lover dinner..mam this is something all love Norma

  • Yeah they are awesome critters. I’ve never seen one up so close. I managed to get within a couple of feet. It kept puffing up every time I moved in to take a shot. I must say my heart was racing :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 3 years ago

    amazing detail on this

  • I’ve never been so close to one so was amazed to see how scaled and spiny they are. This is a nice clear shot but not the best crop.

    – Neil Ross

  • Yool
    Yoolover 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much for the feature. That’s made my day :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Byron and Julie :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 3 years ago

    MARVELOUS Shot, great work and a well deserved congratulations!

  • Many thanks Glenn for your wonderful comment. Much appreciated :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Leonie Mac Lean
    Leonie Mac Leanover 3 years ago

    He’s very lovely….a great photo!
    Like the information too.

  • Cheers Leonie. Glad you like this fellow. He is lovely :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Andrew Simoni
    Andrew Simoniover 3 years ago

    whaaaa awesome pic neil! the detail and color is superb…ive never had a good up close look at one like that

  • Cheers Andrew. These guys are very cool critters. The can run too!!! I think he scared me more than I did him.

    – Neil Ross

  • Eve Parry
    Eve Parryover 3 years ago

    What a beauty. I knew snakes shed their skins, but I didn’t know that lizards do too. Never to old to learn something new. :)

  • In the other photo (Mug Shot) you get a really good look at the shedding skin. It’s quite bizarre to see how spiked and scaly it is. Glad you like the pic Eve, and you’re right about learning something new. It’s a constant process :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture Neil!!

  • Isn’t he a beautiful fellow. it’s the closest I’ve ever been to one :D

    – Neil Ross

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