Bearded Dragon Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Kristina Washington-Morris

Kristina has taught a variety of elementary classes and has a master's degree in elementary education.

Many people think of dragons as scary, but there is a kind that's adored and kept as pets--the bearded dragon. This lesson explores bearded dragons, where they live, what they eat, and their life cycles.

What Is a Bearded Dragon?

Have you ever read a fantasy story about a dragon and thought how much fun it could be to have a fire-breathing, flying lizard as a pet? Well, it is possible to have your own dragon--bearded dragons are kept as pets in many parts of the world! However, bearded dragons don't breathe fire and they can't fly. Let's learn what this lizard can do and take a closer look into the life of the bearded dragon.

A bearded dragon expands its dewlap.
bearded dragon dewlap

Bearded dragons are small reptiles. These spiky-scaled lizards can grow to be nearly 2 feet long. They are generally light brown to golden red in color, and they blend in well with rocky, desert environments. Bearded dragons have triangle-shaped heads, short and strong legs, and long tails. Their bodies are rather flat, and if threatened, bearded dragons can get very low to the ground to hide and protect itself.

This animal gets its name from its dewlap, or special flap of skin that hangs from its neck and looks like a little beard. The bearded dragon can expand its dewlap to communicate with or frighten other animals. When it expands, the dewlap changes color as well--it can turn dark brown or almost black to make the bearded dragon seem larger.

Habitat and Eating Habits

Bearded dragons can be found all over the continent of Australia. Since they're reptiles, they prefer hot, desert locations.

Bearded dragons live in the hot desert.
bearded dragon

Living in the desert often means it's hard to find food, and for that reason, bearded dragons will eat just about anything. These animals are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and meat. The bearded dragon eats mostly insects in addition to greens, small rodents and even other lizard. Whenever a bearded dragon comes across food, it eats as much as it can--in fact, it has a very large stomach that expands to hold more food.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create An Account
Support