Discovering The 8 Types of Bearded Dragons
A lot of people only know one type of bearded dragon—the Pogona vitticeps or the inland bearded dragon. But
there are actually 8 types of bearded dragons classified and recognized scientifically (although 2 species are
often referred to as subspecies). These reptiles belong to the Order Squamata, Suborder Sauria/Lacertilia, Family
Agamidae and the Genus Pogona—basically they are part of the lizard family. They are commonly found in the
Australian continent—crawling in the dry grounds of the deserts or climbing trees in the woodlands of the
continent. The discovery of these species has begun in the early 1800s but not much has been known about them until
the recent years. These lizards were given the common name of “bearded dragon” not because they have real beards
(ones made of hair); but their name is attributed to the scaly pouch in their throat that distends and looks like a
beard when they try to ward off predators or enemies. Although belonging to the same family and genus, the 8
bearded dragon species have their own distinct characteristics that set them out from each other. And you and I
will look into these differences below:
Eastern bearded dragon aka Pogona barbata.
This type of bearded dragon was the first-ever discovered specie of their genus-- discovered by a scientist
named Cuvier in 1829. They are the biggest and the heaviest type among the 8 varieties of bearded dragons. The term
“barbata” is a latin word for beard, this name was given to this particular specie because its distensible throat
is lined with black spikes that closely resembles a real beard. They are commonly found in the eastern part of
Australia perching on low-lying branches, sumps and rocks.
Dwarf bearded dragon, Pogona minor
Discovered in 1919, this bearded dragon specie is normally seen in the western territory of Australia; although
it is not unusual to see a Pogona minor on the northern portions of the continent. It bears such name because
compared to others; it is a relatively smaller dragon and can grow only up to 10 inches long.
Inland or Central Bearded Dragon, Pogona vitticeps
Discovered by Ernst Ahl in 1926, this is by far the most commonly domesticated bearded dragon. This specie is
widely distributed all throughout Central Australia. It thrives well on a wide range of habitats—from arid
woodlands and deserts to seasonally wet coastal forests and scrublands. A lot of care tips and guidelines regarding
bearded dragons are intended for this particular specie, except when specified otherwise.
Western bearded dragon, Pogona minima
The Pogona minima is sometimes classified by scientists as a subspecie of the Pogona minor, calling it Pogona
minor minima. However, this type of bearded dragon is considerably bigger than the specie that has been discovered
by Sternfeld in 1919. Western beardies can grow to reach up to 20 inches and are among the biggest bearded dragon
species. It resides in a vast range of surroundings in the Western part of Australia—it can be seen in crawling on
coastal sand dunes and as well as climbing trees in the forested areas.
Small-scaled or Drysdale River bearded dragon, Pogona microlepidota
The main difference of this bearded dragon from all the others is the size of its scales (thus its name). But
other than that, this dragon also has fewer spikes on its throat and back than most other bearded dragons. This
specie can only be found within Australia and mainly lives within the Drysdale River National Park and other areas
Mitchell’s bearded dragon, Pogona mitchelli
This is the second specie that is classified as a sub-specie of Pogona minor by some scientists. They are the
smallest bearded dragons, capable of growing only up to 8 inches maximum. Its large conical head spikes also set
them out from other dragons. Their territorial range extends from the lower Northern Territory to Western
Nullabor bearded dragon, Pogona nullabor
A bearded dragon specie that is said to have the smallest geographical range. These dragons mainly reside only
within South central and Southwest of Australia principally the Nullarbor Plain. It is easily distinguished by
large white stripes along its back and pronounced spines on its side.
Rankin’s or Lawson’s bearded dragon, Pogona henrylawsoni
The most distinct among all bearded dragons. Why? Because it has practically no “beard.” These “clean-shaven”
dragons inhabit most of Queensland and parts of the Northern territory of Australia.
- blood red bearded dragon
The red blood bearded dragon is a type of bearded dragon with an intense red coloration. This type of bearded dragon becomes attractive due to the color boasting out with intensity. Red blood bearded dragons are one of the most expensive morphs in the market today.
- leucistic bearded dragon
Leucistic bearded dragon is another type of bearded dragon and is commonly called frost dragons. It is an interesting morph, they look like white but actually these kind of bearded dragons are colorless.
- citrus bearded dragon
A Citrus bearded dragon is an elegant kind of reptile dragon. It becomes more adult when it reaches 2-3 years old that still maintains a good positioning condition. These kinds of bearded dragons have a proportioned arms, legs and tail structure.
- white bearded dragon
White bearded dragons are one of the most expensive morphs in the market today. They are a cross of a dragon possessing the white gene. These bearded dragons exhibit the white appearance with black eyes and does not have pigments on the scales. Their nails are also white.
- german bearded dragon
German bearded dragon is a type of bearded dragon with a specific selected bloodline. It belongs to the Pogona vitticeps species. The German beardie was created and discovered in the North West territories of Australia because of its large characteristics.
- black bearded dragon
Bearded mythical beasts possess highly distendable throats, also called the gular pouch. If this tote is swollen, there is little techniques inside of that deals in such a way which it stretches. It also becomes a typical firearm metal black. The expansion as of this specific area and also the coloration makes the particular humanly impression of a facial beard.
- The Amazing Leatherback Bearded Dragon
We have our own choices when it comes in making bearded dragons as our pet. A leatherback bearded dragon is an amazing option if we are looking for a pet with soft scales. Leatherback is actually a morph, it has minimal scales on its back and touching it makes you touching leather. The back of this bearded dragon can truly be appreciated.