Pogona minor minima
Western Bearded Dragon

Pogona minor minima

About

The Pogona minor is commonly known as the Western Bearded Dragon, or simply Bearded Dragon. Pogona minor is one of eight species contained in the Pogona genus. The Pogona minor has three subspecies: Pogona minor minor, Pogona minor minima and Pogona minor mitchelli.

Unlike the Pogona vitticeps, the Pogona minor and its subspecies are rarely kept as pets and is not commonly found outside of Australia. Like the Pogona henrylawsoni, Pogona barbata, Pogona microlepidota, and the Pogona nullarbor they are considered exotic pets.

Description 

Pogona minor minima will reach a maximum length of 22 cm. A lot smaller than the popular Pogona vitticeps that can reach 60 cm in length.  This species will exhibit a light to dark grey pattern depending on the specific region.

Geography

Pogona minor minima is only found in the Wallabi group of islands off the western coast of Australia.

Behavior

Pogona minor minima shares a lot of the common behaviors present in the other Pogona species. Such as arm waving. The dragon will wave one of its front arms in a circular motion. This often signals a sign of submission, whether that be to a bigger dragon or a female to a male who is attempting to mate with her. A male will signal he wants to mate by head bobbing. In order to assert dominance, the male will aggressively move its head up and down.  

Diet

The diet of the Pogona minor minima consists of small insects. Unlike other Pogona species, their size makes them primarily insectivores.  

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