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Copyright: Grant Clonan (revparched) (32)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-07 2:13
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Points: 2
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Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) - we were driving through the Mount Mee State Forest just north of Brisbane Australia when we saw this very docile lizard sitting on a log on the side of the road. We stopped, got out and gradually crept closer and closer. He was not bothered with us at all - I think he may have been playing the 'if I dont move you cant see me' game. In the end I got so close I was able to take some nice shots.


Pogona Barbata
This species of bearded dragon lives along the eastern and southern coasts of Australia. It is possibly the largest species in the Pogona genus, some P. barbata exceed 8 inches snout-vent length. They live in a variety of habitats, including seasonally wet forests and dry scrublands. They eat a wide variety of foods, including insects, fruit, greens, flowers, and even smaller lizards. Source - www.erols.com/ziring/dragon-species.html

Within Australia, the Bearded Dragons or Jew Lizards are among the best known lizards. Various species of this genus (Pogona) occur in most parts of mainland Australia in all mainland states.

Within Australia, these lizards and the Water Dragons (Physignathus spp.) are sometimes confused with or mis-identified as the Frill-necked Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) by non-herpetological people. At almost every second party in the southern states someone tells of the "Frill-necked Lizard" they found in their yard. Usually the "Frill-necked Lizard" is a Bearded Dragon of some form.

The first described species of the genus now known as Pogona was the Bearded Dragon Pogona barbata of the wetter parts of the east and south-east of Australia, including parts of the Murray/Darling basin. Up until recent years, many other species in the genus were incorrectly diagnosed as this species. This is particularly for specimens of a related form Pogona vitticeps. That similar species is known to occur throughout inland and drier parts of Eastern Australia, extending into the central Australian deserts.

Besides these two more well known species, there are some other described forms of Pogona as well as possibly undescribed forms. It is likely that lizards currently assigned to vitticeps or barbata may in fact comprise other species, however until a proper taxonomic evaluation of these lizards takes place, any such idea remains in the realms of speculation.

Source - http://www.smuggled.com/pogona1.htm

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cool dragon close up. You got some nice contrast there and the DOF is spot on.

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