Eastern Bearded Dragon
"They can't see me now"
Eastern Bearded Dragon
Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Dragon (Agamidae)
Species: Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata)
This Photo:     Head
Similar Species: Central Bearded Dragon

Ref: "A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia", 2nd Ed. Wilson & Swan. Page 348.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
These are very difficult to distinguish with the Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
These have a curved spine line (behind the head) and many flank spines (not just one or 2 rows). One of the difficulties is that the skin has folds in the side. They can blow themselves up to look larger, or sitting normally the folds of skin bring the flank spines closer together.
They are very variable in size, colour and attributes. We think the majority of these variations are due to age, environment & health. Suspecting the larger, more colourful specimens being older; and the smaller, grey ones being younger.
Another indicator is that P barbata have yellow mouths, while P vitticeps have pink.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Mar-2011
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)