Australian bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) are in the Agama family, which is composed of 325 species in 40 genera. Other members of this family include frilled dragons (Chlamydosaurus kingii), tree dragons (Diporihora superba), Asian water dragons (Hydrosaurus amboinensis), and the thorny devil (Moloch horridus). Beardies got their names because, when disturbed, they will extend a flap of skin under the jaw, simulating a “beard.”
Bearded dragons are one of the easiest reptile species to keep in captivity and are certainly among the friendliest. An agressive dragon is rare and most can be handled easily by adults and children.
The dragon in the photo is a five month old female owned by animalpages.com.