Pogona are a genus of lizards containing seven species, which are often known by the common name bearded dragons. Members of this genus live in the arid, rocky, semi-desert regions and dry open woodlands of Australia. They are adept climbers, spending time on branches and in bushes, even found on fence posts when living near human habitation. Pogona bask on rocks and exposed branches in the mornings and afternoons. The species are found throughout Australia.
The genus is in the subfamily Agaminae of the family Agamidae. Their characteristics include spiny scales arranged in rows and clusters. These are found on the throat, which can be expanded when threatened, and at the back of the head. The species also displays a hand-waving gesture, this is to show submission between Dragons. They also have a head bobbing act to show dominance. They have the chameleon-like ability to change colour during rivalry challenges between males, and in response to temperature change and other stimuli.They can reach to the size of about 13 to 24 inches.
Bearded dragons are very successful in captivity and are one of the favourites among hobbyists and experts alike. They have a very friendly nature towards people, and are very calm when they grow into adults. Juveniles are generally very active but still very friendly, and even make good pets for children. Pogona have an average life span of 10-12 years, although some have been known to live longer.
The following is a list of species in genus Pogona: