Client Session ~ Socks and Beardly the Bearded Dragons

And now for something a little different! These gorgeous little creatures are commonly called Bearded Dragons, native Australian lizards of the “Pogona” genus. Members of this genus live in the arid, rocky, semi-desert regions and dry open woodlands throughout Australia. They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes, even found on fence posts when living near human habitation. Pogona bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons.

This particular type of lizard are popular as pets because of their friendly and calm nature, along with the relative ease of caring for them. To legally be able to own these lizards in Australia you need a Recreational Wildlife Licence issued by the Government. The licence allows you to keep unlimited numbers of live commercial and recreational reptiles, recreational amphibians, and also a maximum of 2 restricted reptiles (with some exclusions).

These little guys are about 8 months old and are still pretty small, however when they’re fully grown they’ll reach about 50cm in length.

This lighter coloured one is a female called Socks. She’s the calmer of the two and also the most willing model!

Her companion is a male called Beardly. He was quite happy hanging out on the floor of the terrarium near the heat lamp most of the time but posed for us for a while on this branch first.

More of the gorgeous Socks.

These two often get to hang out with their owners around the house. When I turned up, Socks was asleep on her Dad’s shoulder! I think she’s a bit of a Daddy’s girl…

If you’re interested in keeping Bearded Dragons as pets, have a read of this article. If you want to know more, there is a wealth of information out there, Google is your friend!