Bearded Dragon (after ecdysis)

Neil Ross

Brisbane, Australia

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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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