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elliott poe

on 30 April 2010

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BEARDED DRAGONS Bearded Dragons are Australian immigrants and are often described as sort of like iguanas or horned lizards. Here are a few interesting factoids. The beard is intended to make the lizard look larger to potential foes. This is a common defense mechanism using a sort of camouflage to disguise their true capability like small men wearing thick jackets to appear bulkier and more muscular. Bearded Dragons in the wild will often stand up on their hind legs to run from danger. This is actually slower than running on all fours, and might be a form of temperature control The animals produce heat while running, and being cold blooded, have no good way to regulate their body temperature. Running on their hind legs puts their body farther away from the hot ground and improves airflow around them. This should allow them to run farther before having to stop They have a limited ability to change their color. In the wild, this is also used to hide and to regulate body temperature. Lighter colors reflect more light away from the body. This can also be used to show an emotional state, and when ill or injured they often have a black back and pale yellow legs. Despite this, the animals will attempt to hide illness until it becomes serious, possibly as a survival mechanism. Bearded Dragons are fond of collard greens, suggesting that I might need one to consume that particular veggie so I won’t have to do so. Bobbing the head rapidly and a slightly curved tail tip show aggressiveness, while circular movements of the arms like waving show submission. They do ritualistic sparring matches with two bearded dragons circling each other, flat to the ground, beards and tails up and out, while biting each other’s tails. Usually no damage is done. Some owners report they can mimic this behavior patterns and get a similar response from their dragons, to the point of even maintaining eye contact. But they are amzing animalse and will never try to bit you. Go get one today. bibliography
Hendricks , lynn. lynns bearded dragons. copyright 2007-2009 all rights reserved The WillaWoman. 4/29/2010. www.lynnsbeardeddragons.com/main.html>.

"my bearded dragon vs pinky mouse." Online Video Clip. youtube. March 02, 2008 . april 29, 2010.www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lMxn3-t8a8>.

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