Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs ReptilesBearded Dragon Long-nosed Dragon Perentie

Known locally as a “Beardie” or the Bearded Dragon, this handsome reptile looks fiercesome and formidable, but this is “all show and no go“, and will more like scurry away from you.

Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Also known as the Central Bearded Dragon or the Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) it is interesting to see the ’rounded beard’ darken and puff out, displaying the rows of spines across the throat.

Overall the bearded dragon has a broad, shaped head, rounded body, stout legs and robust tail. The colour is variable, often reflecting the soil region that they live in. The colours can range from a dusty gold, dark to pale cream, dull brown to tan, sometimes with grey to red-orange or gold highlights.

Juvenile Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Alice Springs Reptile Centre, NT
Juvenile Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps), Alice Springs Reptile Centre, NT

Check out our Fauna section on Reptiles > Inland Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Iguania
  • Family: Agamidae
  • Subfamily: Amphibolurinae
  • Genus: Pogona
  • Species: Pogona vitticeps

Alice Springs ReptilesBearded Dragon Long-nosed Dragon Perentie

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