Bearded Dragon

Pogona vitticeps

Bearded Dragons get their name thanks to a "beard" of spikes found under their chin that can puff up, indicating several "moods".  ZooMontana is currently home to the Central Bearded Dragon, one of eight different species.  All eight species stick to the warm, arid areas of Australia, depending on the heat for survival.

Beardies, as they are often called, are semi-arboreal, meaning you can often see them off the ground on fence posts and low tree branches.  When they are not basking in the sun, they can be found eating just about anything, ranging from leaves, to flowers, to other lizards to insects.  They have strong jaws, allowing them to crunch through the exoskeletons of a variety of insects. 

The beard of these dragons is found on both sexes, and is used for communication. It can even change color depending on their mood.  Bearded Dragons also communicate through gestures and motions.  If you see Moana waving "hi" to you, that's her way of telling you that she submits to you.  Bearded Dragons can live to ten.

Click HERE for a Bearded Dragon Activity Sheet!

Our Current Residents

Moana, Female - Born 2018 (estimated)

Moana was donated to ZooMontana in 2020 as a pet surrender.  She has adapted well to her new life at ZooMontana, and can be seen within the indoor Living Wall.  She is also an ambassador, meaning she takes part in education programs.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Agamidae
  • Genus: Pogona
  • Species: Vitticeps

Animal Facts

  • Omnivore
  • Common
  • Deserts and Savannas 
  • Diurnal

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