Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)

Pogona vitticeps, the central bearded dragon, is a species of agamid lizard occurring in a wide range of arid to semiarid regions of Australia. This species is very popularly kept as a pet and exhibited in zoos.

The diet of an adult bearded dragon should consist of 85% greens and 15% protein. Feed greens such as red leaf lettuce, greenleaf lettuce, string beans, mustard greens, mixed vegetables (frozen/dethawed mixed greens are good), romaine lettuce, occasional carrots, etc. Do not feed spinach (high in oxalic acid) or iceberg lettuce (no nutritional value). Avoid cabbages. Protein, in the form of crickets, superworms, roaches, etc., should be fed twice weekly and should include a good calcium supplement (with vitamin D3 and no phosphorus). Calcium supplementation should be done more often for breeding females. Vitamin supplements should be given weekly or biweekly. Pinkie mice are not recommended, as they are very fattening for dragons. Offering one or two to a female after egg laying is acceptable as a means to boost depleted calcium supplies.

Scientific name: Pogona vitticeps
Higher classification: Pogona

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