This mid-sized stocky lizard has prominent spines along its sides and a large, essentially triangle-shaped head. Forming a sort of shield around the snout is a spiney jaw pouch which, when swollen, looks like a beard and makes any predator think twice before attacking. Wide-ranging, this species shows considerable geographic variation; its basic color varies from shades of brown, gray, and reddish-brown to bright orange.
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Insects, small vertebrates, and vegetation including fruits and flowers.
Mature females typically lay clutches of eleven to sixteen oblong leathery eggs in early summer. The eggs are laid in nests dug in sandy soil and the unattended young hatch 3 months later.
Relationship with Humans
Bearded dragons are a common pet as a lizard in the United States.