Grey-brown reptile 55-58 cm long, with throat covered with distinct spiny scales which can be raised to form a black 'beard'.
To help protect our environment:
Scrub, open forest, disturbed habitats
Likely to prey on native invertebrates, competes with native lizards and birds. May spread disease to native reptiles. May bite people.
If you have pet bearded dragons, make sure they’re securely contained to avoid accidental escapes. If you are no longer able to look after your pet bearded dragon, find someone who is prepared to give it a lifetime home, or contact a relevant pet shop or animal rescue organisation to get it rehomed. Never release a bearded dragon into the wild – your pet may be unable to find the food and shelter it needs, and it also puts our native species at risk.
If you see a bearded dragon in the wild, please report it to Auckland Council at firstname.lastname@example.org