Australian Bearded Dragon
Annotated Links

For invaluable help in compiling this list of links, I am indebted to the members of the Pogona list, a discussion group that is devoted (in all senses of the word) to bearded dragons and to the online herp community, particularly: Alta Brewer, Sarah Coatman, Andy Darrah, Pam Hanratty, Phil Hughes, Daisy Yadon, Gina Gauvin, Todd Kuhlinayn, Anne Marsden, Bill Mears, Bill Meyers, Kevin McDowell, Cliff Peschansky, Bob Roach, Jimmy Rose, Nathan Tenny, Susan Seifert, Cindy Lynn Sersch, Paul Speirs, Laura Stinson, Jennifer Swofford, Joanne Tinsley, John Tosi, Dave Wilson, Desiree Wong.

Gina Gauvin, a valued member of the herpetological community who is best known by her email tag, OrnateSky, was caught in the tragic fire at the Great White concert in Warwick, RI. and received burns to more than 60% of her body. The OrnateSky Fund was established to help Gina and her childred (Joseph 5, Shayna 7, and Heather 18) both spiritually and finacially. Please take a moment to navigate that site and view the animals and other items that have been donated to help raise money for Gina's family. Some of Gina's art is featured on The Uro Art page.


Four Particularly Extensive Bearded Dragon Sites:
Melissa Kaplan's site Melissa's extensive and highly-regarded site contains inumerable very well researched articles addressing many aspects of reptile care. The site focueses on iguanas, but it has extensive coverage of other herps and other issues. Many regard her site as the internet encyclopedia (bible?) for herps. Her Iguana Care page offers a downloadable PDF that is the ultimate for iguana care. Her bearded dragon page is authoritative and offers links to related material.

Bill Mears' page is another marvelous source and one that focuses on dragons. This site has many neat bits of information, including a link to a free bearded dragon screensaver he compiled and instructions on making a bearded dragon harness. This site includes practical and accessible dragon care advice, insect caresheets, an extensive list of toxic and edible plants, photos of his own dragons, medical topics, and links to other dragon sites, including Australian links showing dragon distribution and rainfall maps

Sarah Coatman's "Lizard Heaven' site This marvelous resource page has references to many important issues, even to a recipe for "Homemade Pedialyte" for sick BDs. Her Lizard Heaven site has won numerous awards; it has an extensive page on bearded dragons and other pets, including water dragons, leopard geckos, giant day geckos, ground geckos and chameleons. It has advice on choosing a healthy animal and information on salmonella, general health issues, and reptile food values.

Eric Sorin's Karnivor site is another excellent source for bearded dragons. The background is nice (scales!). The site includes extensive information on dragons, Uromastyx, boas, and also has other care sheets, including those for Ackie monitors and Axolotls.

Personal pages with bearded dragon information
If your BD is old enough that you want to trim his/her nails, Adam Britton has a nail trimming page written for iguanas, but it's also applicable to BDs. It has a clear diagram.

Damitree's page has nice photos, and an accessible care sheet that will help you buy the right dragon, acquire the right stuff, get the right food, and supply the best care.

Des Wong's Australian Beardies page provides succint and accessible information on acclimating, cages, lighting, various aspects of diet, handling, vets, and a useful list of products to avoid.

Reptiles among other things usefully compares BD keeping to Iguana and Gecko care, describes cage setup, links, books, and locating a good herp vet. It covers several types of iguanas (including the wonderful Cyclura), blue tongue skinks, leopard geckos, Uromastyx, tortoises and turtles and snakes.

Bearded Dragons, the best of all lizard pets is about Spike and Daisy. The site has pages on behaviors and vocabulary, links to care sites, how to pick a pet bearded dragon, a short FAQ, photo gallery, herp ads, links, awards

Bill Porter’s page opens with nice photo of a pair of Bds; it has succinct care information, links, and a second page with brief sections on breeding dragons and incubating eggs, internal parasites, vitamins.

Dan & Sue have a “Lizards Own Us” page, devoted to, as they say, the lizards that own them. It has a neat BD background, pages on Cirsis Iguana, Igor’s Monitor, Dragons, Dax’s Monitor, and links to favorite sites, including the Herp Vet Connection. Their Dragons, Tigger and Jabba, are shown out by their pond, soaking in their bathtub, placating by leg-waving, reading the paper, etc. This page is delightful.

Elliott the Bearded Dragon Elliott’s site shows baby photos, an illustrated diary, pages on care, books (from, links, and a guestbook. The care page is particularly good on caring for babies, detecting calcium or vitamin A difficulties, and getting a baby dragon to drink water.

Jorge & Julie Rimblas including eggs, babies!, a Hovobator incubator, and little Isaac the Horned Lizard.

Lizard Land has photos and links, and a survey taken to compare lengths versus age.

Raymond Hoser’s site: "Pogona-from an Australian Perspective" supplies the text of his paper that first appeared in Reptilian Magazine, June 1997. It has fascinating sections on general issues, taxonomy, captivity in Australia, conservation, and abundant references

a Zoo page with information about BDs and a nice picture, found by Bill Mears opens with a nice photo album and has a variety of interesting features, including videos of dragon-talk. One page has a nice advice on sexing your dragon--with visuals!

Vittikins dragons by Marcia Rybak. These are hybrids of Pogona vitticeps and Pogona brevis. The article is reprinted, with permission, from The Vivarium. It includes a nice picture.

On bathing dragons, with a picture.

This page by Robert & Victoria Dachiu shows color morphs, with extensive pictures

EMBL Reptile Database, found by Cliff Peschansky, is a great reference site for reptilian taxonomy (but they disapprove of keeping reptiles as pets...)

Tricia Power offers Canadian Herp Links, including home pages, societies, suppliers, breeders. magazenes, veterinarians. She also has an extensive index of additional links, very thorough, and a wonderful Chinese Water Dragon page. Tricia's 96 mini care sheets for reptile and amphibian care are a terrifica resource. She also maintains a herp sitter's list at her site.

This interesting site addresses the invasive capacity of the Brown Anole.

Several sites offer lists of links. One of these is Herp Hot Links. Another, highly recommended site is Jennifor Swofford's The Basking Spot, which has an awesomely extensive index of herp-related links, including an intriguing list of herp in the news features.

For iguanas:
Adam Brittons’s site, Wong's Green Iguana Heaven is a well-designed site with knowledgeable info on iguanas; also see his Crocodilian Captive Care FAQ. The homepage for Iguana RAIN (Rescue, Adoption Information Network) is maintained by Des Wong, who was one of the founders. See also Carole Saucier, The Iguana Rain Web Ring. The Cyclura site addresses the care and conservation of these endangered iguanas. The site has multiple links, some of which are described in the "fun" section below.

Its not a dragon, but its a great picture of a hip-leash on one of Carole's pages!

Melissa Kaplan has a list of herp societies and rescues at her site.
The Michigan Society of Herpetology is highly recommended. Check out their caresheets and their info on Michigan herps. Join!

Check out my site on names for your dragon

Daisy Yadon forwarded this site,, which analyzes names through letter qualities, a study called ACROPHONOLOGY. It maintains that each letter carries an "energy pattern" relating to personality traits and needs. You type in your pet's name; it provides a brief summary of the hidden meanings found within the letters.


The most comprehensive site is Melissa Kaplan's main health page, which has links to an enormous set of authoritative articles. BOOKMARK THIS SITE.

The Herp Vet Connection was started to help fill in the big veterinarian list by providing a list of vets that people have dealt with, been satisfied with, and recommended personally. The list is growing and is highly recommended. Another source is The Association of Reptile and Amphibian Vets. Scroll down the page and click on the link to go to your state's listing of member vets.

This site provides an alphabetical listing of parasites. An educational site on parasites covers cryptosporidium, a particularly nasty form of coccidia; the site also has links to other types of coccidia, and human parisitology courses. A very good site for information on Salmonela is Steve Grenard's HerpMed; there is also of course a document at Kaplan's site as well. An interesting site for scientists, identified by Bill Mears, is titled Systemic Microsporidiosis in Inland Bearded Dragons, Pogona vitticeps.

Cornell medical center offers a clinicalpage on Metabolic Bone Disease page; see the Melissa Kaplan site for detailed treatment.

KV Vet Supply is a source for some medications like Panacur (febendazol) used as a wormer in BDs in preference to Ivomec (ivermectin) which has caused some dragon deaths, and source of Nolvasan, a disinfectant used to clean cages, as well as other stuff: or call 1-800-423-8211

A Yahoo group discusses dragon diseases and is a great source of information, particularly on yellow fungus disease. Yellow fungus is a potentially fatal and contagious disease for bearded dragons. Also see Cheri Smith's article on measures taken to understand and control this pernicious disease.

Adenovirus is a lethal viral infection in bearded dragons. This site is a must-read for any person acquiring a new dragon, whether you are a newbie or an accomplished dragon keeper.

A not uncommon birth defect, conjoined twins, is pictured here in bearded dragons.

An iguana spay, with pictures. Even more impressive to dragon-lovers is this page, with xrays and photos showing a similar dragon surgery.

Nutribac is recommended as a supplement to maintain healthy gut fauna, particularly after a dragon has had a course of antibiotics. This site hypes this particular probiotic, but it may be difficult to find commercially. In the past, I have used Acidopholus (a dried form of the bacterium from yogurt), which is available from health food stores.

How ultraviolet radiation (UV) works, where it comes from, how much there is. This article is called “Solar ultraviolet radiation effects on biological systems by B L Diffey” a physicist. Anne Marsden has written a literature review of the relevant research of UVB and sunlight and draws attention to Gehrmann's paper Reptile Lighting: A Current Perspective”" which gives UV irradiance in uW/cm2; the last two sources are posted on Kaplan's site.

Tricia has a great page on power outages


Nathan Tenny features pictures of his palatial dragon house, in a wonderful illustrated view of an outdoor bearded dragon enclosure 8’ x 12’, with a granny flat for collared lizards, a pool, a misting system, lights, shutters, and self-styled “obnoxiously cute pictures”; link to photos showing their dragon’s incredible colors, and an arm-waving gesture. Their dragons include Theophilus (male) and Calista (female).

Theldara presents a great page that graphically helps you through setting up such lair accoutrements as digital thermometers, Retpisuns fixtures, etc. This site is helpful to neophyte and expert alike.

Jen Swofford supplies a page on cage construction and sources, focusing on iguanas, but also fine for dragons.

A nice account of setting up a home for a bearded dragon.

Watch videos of dragon arm waving and head bobbing on the Bearded Dragon.Org site.

Look at the dragon's third eye (the parietal eye) and read an explanation of its purpose and its effects on lizard behavior.

Tasty Insect Treats (for people....), found by Cindy Lynn, gives Iowa State University’s tasty Insect Recipies, including banana worm bread, rootworm beetle dip, chocolate chirpie chip cookies; with nutrition info, sources for buying insects, and a list of insect horror films

For TV herping, see "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve and Terri Irwin, or
Jeff Corwin's bearded dragon page (actually contributed by an unacknowledged Jen Periat) which succinctly describes interesting dragon-facts.

Melissa Kaplan's site has a humor section including terroist iguanas; 10 top ways to convince your partner you need another herp; when you know you're truly kept by an iguana; "You might be a herper if..."

Biblomania! This site compiles herpetological citations. It is wonderful.

The Cyclura site has a live cam page, puzzles, and many features of interest, particularly for those who care about herp conservation.

The Iguana Food for People site.

The 2004 International Reptile Breeders Expo in Daytona Florida is a must, if you can get to it! This year it is August 14-15th. I go nearly every year--it is a true heaven for herpophiles!

various nifty sites, must sees:
Own a dinosaur.
Dragons as pets
Bearded dragons race in Australia
Bearded dragon ambassador
Flying snake
Angel mice
What makes geckos stick?

Pages with particularly neat dragon photos:
babies, alert and eating
computer-savy dragon
Offering water
Herps of the week
Dragon conversations
Merry Grinchmus
Unusual sleeping posture.
"Tortillalizard" displaying
Baby Hela Monstors and Beaded Lizards (yes, not dragons, but CUTE!)

Unfortunately, the site telling the story of Trendy, the iguana who ate her owner's Victoria's Secret underwear, is no longer available. Nor is the "Slither" site, with all its wonderful herp-related comics. Sigh.

Most of the following suppliers offer crickets of all sizes, mealworms, superworms, waxworms, etc. I have had experience only with one, Top Hat in Michigan, whom I recommend heartily. Note that you should seek out suppliers who lack "contaminating bugs and spiders" in their shipments (such as dermestid beetles--which may chew on your carpets if they escape and are not particularly good as dragon food) and to never accept a shipment that is wet and smelly--such a shipment may be contaminated with a toxic fungus.

Armstrong's 800-658-3408/800-345-8778
Bassett's 800-634-2445
Fluker's 800-735-8537
Ghann's 800-476-2248
Grubco 800-222-3563
Millbrook 800-654-3506
New York Worms
Nature's Way 800-318-2611
Rainbow 800-777-9676
Ray's 402-477-1975
Southern Cricket Wholesale 601-429-1556/800-545-6418
Sunshine 800-322-1100
Top Hat Crickets 800-638-2555
Timberline 800-423-2248

This site has excellent instructions on growing silkworms, a nice dragon delicacy. A good source of silkworms is also Mulberry Farms.

This site has a fact sheet on pillbugs and sowbugs, which my dragons loathe, but some other people's dragons appear to relish.

Bill Mear's site has an excellent set of insect caresheets, including care for crickets, mealworms, waxworms, roaches, kingworms and locusts.

Ronnie Buck's site, supplies highly recommended food for your insects, and also supplies some insects as well, particularly feeder roaches of more than one species.

You can look up nutritional information at the USDA database

See Jennifer Swofford's iguana FAQ and Melissa Kaplan's site for the sections on diet; much more work has gone into constructing vegetable diets for the truly herbivorous herps like iguanas. You will find much information on the nutritional contents of veggies. Wee the following site for an excellent discussion of issues in a fully vegetarian diet for iguanas

A recomended prepared food for dragons is Susan Donoghue's Walkabout Mixes. Donoghue is a highly respected veterinary nutritionist who wrote the Nutrition chapter in Mader's Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Walkabout Mixes are dried veggies meant to be mixed into greens. They have undergone trials for five years.

Rep-Cal, besides making a trusted calcium-D3 powder, makes a dried dragon food (dried food, not dried dragons...) that has less longitudinal data, but is often used; dragons have "favorite colors" to eat.

The Plants Database is a comprehensive collection of plants in cultivation, world-wide. It can help you find information of food items you are thinking of feeding your dragon--and instructions on how to grow that food!

Charts on the nutritional value of foods commonly fed to dragons are found at Bill Meer's site and at the Green Iguana Society (with food pictures as well)



REMEMBER: fireflies are deadly

Mrs. James' 5th grade Library class at Valley Charter School recently found the following great reference to poisonous plants: Check it out!

Sarah Coatman found The Cornell University, Poisonous Plants Home Page which contains images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.). The allied page gives a clickable list of some poisonous species, alphabetical by botanical name. This is an ever-growing site. In addition, check out the site for poisonous plants, found by Bill Mears, which is the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventitive Medicine's Guide to poisonous and toxic plants. A "Modern Herbal" site has an index of poisonous plants and links to interesting plant sites. Each species has a link to a thorough description, with history, cultivation, part used if medicinal, constituents, medical actions. Another nice list of plants that poison comes from the World Chelonian Trust. Also, of course, check out Melissa Kaplan's poisonous plant page which lists edible and harmful Plants, with carefully researched information, and references to other sites.

For more local information, check out Poisonous Plants of North Carolina", an authoritative article by Dr. Alice B. Russell, Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets, Canandian links to many poisonous plant sites, some general, some for geographical region plus links to related resources including veterinarians, medical doctors, poison control, toxic chemical sites. The California Turtle and Tortoise Club Poisonous Plant List, gives a list of poisonous plants, and an explanation of toxicity levels (e.g., oxalates, toxic, dermatitis or other effects)

Search out Glenn Gardner's article, at another Kaplan site, "Use of Ornamental Plants in Herp Enclosures and as Food." It discusses the dangers of using plants from a retail nursery for any animals, and gives hints on how to render plants safer for eating


SHIPPING HERPS: is a good general FAQ.

Site provided by Lawrence & Bobbie, useful if you travel with your pet


The Reptile Mall is a large and useful compilation of commercial links

General herp supplies
Pondside Herp Supply has a very large selection of herp supplies at very good prices, by a knowledgeable herper, John Bohrman. Be sure to check the specials... Big Apple Herp is a good source of low-priced reptile stuff like Hovobators (to incubate BD eggs); a place geared strictly for reptiles Bush Herpetelogical has lots of herp-specific merchandise The Bean Farm carries things like generic Nolvasan (Chlorhexidine Diacetate, for disinfecting) incubators, cages, books, temperature control and lighting, and a variety of other offerings. That Pet Place calls itself “the world’s largest discount pet care supply center.” They have a separate reptile catalog you can download using Acrobat. The Turtle Cafe, with diet, housing, edible landscaping and more. Also see turtlestuff

Pocket-pets T-shirts, a site found by Desiree Wong, has wonderfully cute shirts for various animals. The dragon shirt is great: it shows an adult on the right, and 4 babies peeking out of the "pocket" Also check out Eric's great herp shirts at 3D Reptile Shirts

For veterinary supplies, Dave Wilson and Todd Kuhlinayn recommend ordering the master catalog from

The Black Jungle Terrarium offers all sorts of materials for terraria, including exotic plants, wood, water features, landscaping for terraria and vivariums. It is particularly suitable for dart frogs.

Nick-nacks and art
Bearded Dragon sculptures: Bill Mears found a $325 mahogany carving at Ben Greishaw's Herp Artworks. Check out The Frog Store for great stuff of all sorts for the herp-inclined.

Vermiculite is something you could use for egg laying and incubation. This page tells you all about it.

I have purchased dragons from Sandfire dragon ranch and from Kevin and Vanessa Dunn's Dragon's Den, both of which supply very nice dragons of various color morphs. I don't have personal experience with other sources of dragons, but others have recommened the Van Divers and Gold Coast Dragons. Both of these sites supplies good links and pictures as well, and the Van Diver's site also hosts a forum.


Beardie trivia and news from Australia, sites identified by Bill Mears, who said they are "from an Australian town called Narrandera, located in theRiverina region of NSW, south-west of Sydney. It is a town of 4649 people and has been declared an urban conservation area by the National Trust. The area was occupied by the Wiradhuri Aborigines prior to white settlement. The place name is said to derive from a local Wiradhuri clan called the 'NARRUNGDERA'. This word in turn is said to mean 'jew-lizard','place of the goanna or lizard', or 'caught frill lizard'. So now we have another word for Bearded Dragon in the native tongue." The town's website is:

Talking of Aboriginal names for BD's, the word in the Kamilaroi (or Gamilaraay) Language is tharri'. That tribe's dictionary can be found at

A site from a well known Australian Herper, which has some discussion on the naming of the Henrylawsonii / Rankins, etc.

See also the following starting point to Australian sites


The Pogona list is dedicated to the enthusiastic and polite discussion of bearded dragons (pogona). Subscription information is at

Bearded Dragon Forum on

John Tosi called attention to a Yahoo club called "Australian Bearded Dragon Club"
with live chats, photos, messages, news, links, contacts, and a calender. You need to get a login name with yahoo to join.


Many computer virus hoaxes are out there and they seem to spread faster than a virus does; if you want to know if a virus is real or not, the Symantecs web site keeps a list of viruses that are hoaxes. A second site, found by Todd Kuhlinayn, is Ben Stiller's Virus Site


POST ON NETIQUETTE from Todd Kuhlinayn, who wrote in response to the following question on the Pogona list:

>Today is my first day on the pogona line. Are there rules that I'm
>supposed to follow so that no one gets mad at me ??? If there are certain
>rules for correspondence maybe they could be posted in the welcome
>message so they're clear to everybody.

Basically, some of the rules that are good to follow are:
1) When replying to a message, change the subject line if the message content changes. For example, if the discussion is about getting beardies to eat greens and misting dragons to help them shed comes up and gets going, don't leave the subject line as "Re: Eating Veggies". Instead, change it to "Misting (was Re: Eating Veggies)" so people who are looking for info on veggies know that this message isn't what they are looking for. It is helpful.

2) Don't flame openly on the list. Flaming is fighting visciously with words. If you have a major problem with someone or something, take it to e-mail. The rest of us don't need to hear it.

3) Be selective about what you send to the list. Think about whether what you send is something that all might be interested in, or if it might just be a personal comment to the original poster.

4) Don't quote 30 lines of text and then add, "Mine like them too!". When replying, quote just enough to let people know what you are referring to. By the same token, don't send messages like the line above without any referance.

5) Don't TYPE IN ALL CAPS. :) It is considered yelling and should be used only for emphasis or for private flames.

6) And my personal favorite is don't send a copy of a message to both the original poster AND the list. All it does is give me double messages. If you send it to the list, no need to CC: it to me:) I will read it on the list:)

Added by Alta Brewer:
7) Don't troll on the list. If you don't know what trolling is, it's being deliberately provocatory. You aren't supposed to try to get someone to flame you.

8) DO NOT post private email to the list. If you want to post something someone has sent you privately, ask them first and make sure to mention that you have permission to post it publicly.

9) Do not post add attachments in email to mailing lists. Not all mailing list software can handle attachments. If you want people to see a picture, put it on a webpage and post a pointer to it.

10) When joining a new mailing list or newsgroup, lurk for a while to get a feel for the tone and conventions of the group.

Alta also offers several resources for netiquette: - a set of letters to Emily Postnews. -for more information on what trolling is.

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