Pogona minor – Western bearded dragon

Pogona minor or Western bearded dragon is a species of agamid lizard from a group commonly known as bearded lizards and is found in western Australia. Western bearded dragons are very widespread in Western Australia and are found as far north as the Pilbara, and the southern part of the state to the south coast. This species also lives in the tropical woodlands of the Kimberley area of Western Australia. The effect of intravenous and oral diclofenac on postoperative pain and gastrointestinal function after anterior resection in patients with rectal cancer: a prospective, randomized trial.



Giant sloths are moderate to very large western bearded dragons with relatively short limbs and strongly depressed bodies. Typhanum exposed. Many spines over the body, limbs, and tail, including a row across the base of the head, a row at the rear edge of the lower jaw extending across the throat to form a “beard” in most species, and prominent long spines along flanks. Pogona minor SVL 120 – 160 mm is moderately slender and narrow-headed with a longitudinal row of spines along each side of the back of the neck.

Pogona minor

Inside the mouth are two different colors – yellow in the south, and pinkish-white in the north. A variety of greyish brown with a row of pale blotches along the center of the back and two rows of pale spots across the nape and shoulders. The sides and tail are dark-grey, often with thin white terminal lines. 

Habitat of Western Bearded Dragon

Terrestrial and arboreal, living in trees, bushes, and low vegetation. When hollow limbs and shallow depressions under vegetation or surface debris are used as a shelter, they can be recognized by their rounded shapes and lack of visible crevices. The southern part of the Murray-Darling basin extends through a variety of dry sclerophyll forests, woodlands, coastal dunes, and heathlands from southern WA (excluding humid lower south-west) north to Pilbara region, east to south-western


There are a variety of terrariums available, including small, medium, and large terrariums, as well as different sizes, but generally speaking, you need to consider how many and how old your bearded dragons are before choosing the terrarium. If you want to have a happy lizard, make sure he has plenty of space and a good thermal gradient in his enclosure. For an average size mature bearded dragon, you need to keep their living area at least 60x45x60cm, and for a pair of adult dragons, you need to make sure they have enough space for them to chase their food and have their own basking spot.

Lighting & heating 

Western bearded dragons are day active lizards and need a high-quality basking light and intense basking heat source. There are several ways to provide UVB, and fluorescent tubes may be used, but it is recommended to use a fluorescent bulb that is rated for use in 10.0 spectrum, ‘daylight basking’ heat lamps. In the morning and evening, your dragon will benefit from a basking spot of 38°C, and a temperature between 35°C on the hot end and down to 25°C on the cool end. The heat can be provided by a heat brick or heat tile. To know when the temperatures inside the enclosure are right, the thermometer should be used.


An elevated basking area can be made from logs, vines, or hammocks. A raised tank with artificial foliage to cover it, a cool end, and red sand to keep the moister level correct for the bearded dragon is our recommended setup.

Food in captivity

Western bearded dragons are exotic pets that will eat most kinds of insects and worms in captivity, including crickets, wood roaches, and silkworms. Many eat insects because they are a good source of protein. Food items should be dusted with calcium and vitamin supplements.

Other essentials for enclosure:

  • Terrarium of appropriate size
  • High-spectrum UVB lighting
  • Daytime Basking globe
  • Thermometer
  • Branches/Vines
  • Foliage for shelter
  • Calcium and vitamin supplements
  • Ground heat
  • Water bowl
  • Substrate

Behavior and Temperament of Pogona minor 

These dragons display a very typical, familiar behavior for other pogona species, they will wave one of their forelegs to trigger a response from a rival or mate. A common behavior among males is to bob their heads from side-to-side, as a way to establish and maintain dominance. Due to their small size, they are more likely to eat insects rather than plants. They are not herbivorous like most other bearded dragon species.

Bearded dragons as pets

They’re active, inquisitive, and interesting to watch. A bearded dragon can be any size or temperament, but there are many species of bearded dragons. They can be identified by their beards. When they are angry or upset they are often seen with their distinctive beard.

Western Bearded Dragons Bite

Bearded dragons are very friendly pets, and while they are sometimes dangerous when they want to bite, they’re still pretty good-natured. t’s when you bite down hard enough that you’re pinching off a tiny piece of your tongue. Your lizard is harmless and cannot bite or sting you. There’s no need to worry about the bite. Even if you’ve never seen a Komodo dragon, you might think that they’re just dangerous lizards. Lizard aggression usually has more severe warning signs than lizards biting their owners, so if they’re doing anything aggressive or biting that they don’t normally do.

Bearded dragons only bite when they feel threatened or confused, and a biting incident is always more dangerous for you and your family than it is for your pet. After a bite, check your pet to see if it has been injured. Then wash your wound with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment to your wound. Make sure to check to see if there is any redness or swelling around the area. You might have an injury that needs to be seen by a doctor.

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