why they are called BEARDED dragons

You may have read Marilyn’s post about Godzilla, one of our bearded dragons, and his new cage set up. Well, now that we’ve had some really balmy afternoons, we figured it was about time to get all the supplies ready for the cages to be rolled outside so the dragons can get some some fresh air and most importantly, natural sunlight. As we adjusted Godzilla’s cage and that of his neighbor, Beardy Jr. ( a younger female) there were a few moments where the visual barrier that is usally between them was no longer there.
The beard on a “beardy” is used for both mating and aggression displays. We’re not sure what Godzilla was feeling at the time, but he clearly reacted to being able to see Beardy Jr!

Although both sexes have a beard, males display more frequently, especially in courtship rituals. He was back to his normal self shortly after we put the cages back in place and the barrier back up.

We will take some photos of the beardies out sunning when we next get another 7o plus degree afternoon!

1 response to why they are called BEARDED dragons

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    Jeff Stern says:

    I love the bearded dragons, and this is a great picture of the puffy beard, especially when I click to make it full size. It would be cool to have side by side pics of puffed and unpuffed!

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