Bearded Dragons are a species of lizard that is native to Australia. They are popular pets because of their docile nature and ability to be trained. Many people wonder if these lizards are nocturnal since they are often seen basking in the sun during the day.
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Are bearded dragons nocturnal?
No, Bearded Dragons are not nocturnal but are actually diurnal which means they are awake during the day and sleep at night. While they are awake, they are basking in the sun to regulate their body temperature. When night falls, they will retire to their burrows or hiding spots until morning comes again.
While it is true that some lizards are nocturnal, the Bearded Dragon is not one of them. They are active during the day, and will typically retreat at night to their burrows or other safe hiding spots. If you have a Bearded Dragon as a pet, you can rest assured knowing that your lizard is getting plenty of sleep at night. So if you ever see your Bearded Dragon out and about late at night, don’t be alarmed, they are just enjoying a little nightlife!
How nocturnal lizards live:
Many types of lizards are considered nocturnal, or active at night. This is because they have evolved to be able to see and move around in the dark. They typically have large eyes with a high sensitivity to light, which allows them to see even in low-light conditions.
Lizards that live in desert environments tend to be nocturnal, as this allows them to avoid the harsh daytime conditions. The same is true for lizards that live in cold climates; by being active at night, they can stay warm during the colder nighttime temperatures.
If you have a pet lizard that is nocturnal, you may notice that they are more active at night than during the day. This is normal behavior for these types of lizards, and there is no need to be concerned. Your pet will likely sleep during the day and be awake at night, so you may want to adjust your schedule accordingly to provide them with the care they need.
About Bearded Dragons:
Bearded Dragons have a scientific name called Pogona Vitticeps. Pogona is actually a genus of reptiles consisting of six different sub-species of lizards. They are an iconic species of lizard that is native to Australia and popular as pets due to their docile nature and ease of care.
Below are the 6 species of the bearded dragon;
- Pogona barbata
- Pogona henrylawsoni
- Pogona microlepidota
- Pogona minor
- Pogona mitchelli
- Pogona nullarbor
- Pogona vitticeps
Contrary to the popular belief, Bearded Dragons are not nocturnal animals but are diurnal. This means that they are active during the day and sleep at night. They spend their days basking in the sun to regulate their body temperature before retreating to their burrows or hiding spots at night. If you have a Bearded Dragon as a pet, you can be sure that your lizard is getting plenty of rest at night.
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