Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata)
The Eastern Bearded Dragon is the largest of 6 Australian species, well known for their threat displays where they expand their throat, edged with spines, resembling a beard. They are often known locally as ‘frillies’ because of this distinctive threat display, people often mistaking them for Frilled Necked Lizards. Male Eastern Bearded Dragons grow to a total length of approximately 60cm. Being both terrestrial and arboreal, they forage on the ground for food (insects, flowers and leaves) and climb trees to check out the surrounds and roost at night. In 2005 Australia’s Melbourne University discovered that Eastern Bearded Dragons produce a mild venom. The venom is harmless to humans and most smaller animals.