Western Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor (Sternfeld, 1919)
Grey to greyish-brown body with two rows of lighter blotches on either sides of body between the neck and tail, and a lighter row also down the spine. Has a rounded and well robust head with a row of spines across back of head and spines at the rear edges of the jaw to look like a beard.
Being partly arboreal, this lizard also has a wide variety of habitats, including woodlands, eucalypt forests, coastal dunes and arid scrub with spinifex. It is found from the western half of South Australia, across most of the southern half of W.A., excluding the Nullarbor Desert, up to the far western coastal fringes of the Pilbara and Kimberley Regions.
This lizard is omnivorous, and plants, including fruits, insects and small invertebrates are consumed by it.
All Australian dragons are oviparous and dig burrows to lay their eggs, a typical clutch of 2- 30 eggs is expected, with the average Pogona Minor clutch being 8 to 10 eggs.
Comments - When threatened or intimidated will flatten its body out and open its mouth to reveal a bright colour to make it look bigger.
This species has proven to be a very popular reptile for the new keeper in W.A. This may simply be because of a lack of choice, as there is currently only one species of bearded dragon allowed to be kept.
All native reptiles in W.A remain protected under the W.A Wildlife Conservation Act (1950)