General Information

What is a Bearded Dragons Binomial Name?Kif the Bearded Dragon

Most Bearded Dragons that are kept as pets are Pogona Vitticeps.

There are other species such as Pogona Barbata, Microlepidota, Minimas, Minor, Mitchell Mullarbor and Pogona Henrylawsoni.

Bearded Dragon Life Span

Beardies become adults at the age of 18 months. At 0-2 months they are classed as Hatchlings, at 2-7 months they are Juveniles, and finally at 7-18 months they are classed as sub-adults.

Bearded Dragons are generally healthy and tough little lizards. Your beardies life span may depend on a few factors, such as diet and husbandry.

In the wild a bearded dragon can reach the age of 5 to 8 years, but in captivity your beardy may reach the age of 8 to 14 years if it is healthy! Unfortunately 14 plus years is rare, and there have even been reports of peoples beardies living up to 19 years, but we should point out this has never been proven!

You can also determine the age of your dragon by measuring him or her from head to tail tip, but it is difficult to accurately know your beardies age without contacting the breeder. Some develop faster or slower and are larger than others at different times of their life.

The table below can be used as a rough guide:



7cm to 11cm
1 Month
12cm to 23cm
2 Months
20cm to 28cm
3 Months
23cm to 30cm
4 Months
28cm to 40cm
5 Months
28cm to 46cm
6 Months
33cm to 51cm
8 Months
40cm to 56cm
12 Months

Kif the Bearded Dragon

How Large Can A Bearded Dragon Grow?

In the wild the average adult length is 61 centimetres, but in captivity this is often shorter at around 46 centimetres.

However your beardy will grow to the maximum sized your vivarium allows. If you put a young beardy that has not finished growing yet in a small vivarium he or she will not grow to his or hers full size.

Males are generally larger than females.

How To Tell Whether Your Beardy Is A Boy Or A Girl

Bearded Dragons are quite difficult to sex, and even harder before six months of age. Here is what to look for:

Femoral pores, whilst both sexes have them the males have much larger ones.

Bumps around the vent area. One bump female, two bumps male.