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  1. Pogona_barbata_1 Up to 67cm long by L. von Richter
  2. Pogona_barbata_2 Spiny body and tail by L. von Richter
  3. Pogona_barbata_3 Yellow mouth Pogona barbata by L. von Richter

Eastern Bearded Dragon

Pogona barbata


Colour: Mottled grey with some yellow tones. There are paired pale blotches along the spine. A grey/brown stripe is found behind the eye to the ear. The underside is also grey with darker circles. Often seen with its mouth open which is yellow in colour. It has a spiny body and tail particularly on the side of the body.

Size: up to 67 cm long


Diet: forages on roadsides on insects, worms, snails, small lizards, flowers, fruits and other soft plant matter

Breeding: dominant males display frequently and are very aggressive/territorial, only allowing juveniles and females to enter area. 

Movement: Active during day, often perches on logs and dead branches, retreat to shelter of log, rock or burrow during winter, will freeze if frightened, or wil attempt to scare off opponent by standin gup, inflating its body and ‘beard, and opening its mouth wide to reveal bright yellow lining. May rush an intruder and will bite if handled. Some movements include: head-bobbing, arm-waving, push-ups, head-licking, beard-erection, body inflation, biting and colour-changing. When threatened will open its mouth and display the spiny throat or beard.

What to Observe

  • Basking
  • Feeding
  • Courting/mating
  • Presence of juveniles

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect lizards to start mating and laying eggs earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start showing basking behaviour earlier in the spring than they once accustomed. They may also start appearing in new areas as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them. In contrast, they may also start disappearing from areas that become too warm, particularly in upland areas where they can't move any higher to reach cooler regions.


When To Look

  • Spring for mating
  • August-December for soft-shelled eggs that are buried in sand and backfilled (hatchlings emerge 45-79 days later)

Where To Look

  • Semi arboreal and seen on branches, logs and on the ground among vegetation in woodlands and scrub. Often in drier areas.

 Eastern bearded dragon distribution map - IUCN red list

Eastern bearded dragon distribution map - IUCN red list


Where To Look

Maps of Habitat Suitability


Current probability
of occurrence
2070 probability
of occurrence (RCP 8.5)
Species range change from
current to 2070 probability

Above, the left and middle maps show the modelled habitat suitability for the the species under current and potential future climate conditions. The colours indicate the predicted habitat suitability from low (white) to high (dark red).

The future habitat suitability is modelled for the year 2070 under a climate change scenario that represents 'business as usual' (RCP 8.5). The map on the right shows how the range of the species might change between now and 2070, with orange areas indicating where the species might disappear, green areas where the species range might expand, and blue areas where the habitat is predicted to be suitable for the species now and in the future.

The models for this species were run in the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory. Please note that while models can be very informative, they are only a representation of the real world and thus should always be viewed with caution. You can read more about the science behind these models here.



Cogger, H. (1996) 5th Ed. Reptiles and amphibians of Australia. Reed Books. Australia

Swan, G; Shea G., and Sadlier, R. (2004) A field guide to Reptiles of New South Wales. 2nd Ed. Redd New Holland, Australia

Cronin, L. (2009) Cronin’s Key Guide: Australian Repitles and Frogs. Jacana Books. Crows Nest, Australia. 



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  1. What Else?

    P. vitticeps, known as the Inland Bearded Dragon is similar in appearance to P. barbata, however, mostly reside in inland Australia. 

  1. Did You Know?

    Bearded Dragons feed on insects, flowers and herbaceous plants.

    Often seen basking on roads.