Charlie, the Library Lizard

Charlie the Bearded Dragon was adopted by the Watertown Regional Library as an education animal in May of 2020.  Charlie was a classroom pet in Henry Schools before coming to live at the library.  Charlie is a friendly lizard who enjoys interacting with people.  He's also a curious adventurer who loves to climb and jump. 
Facts about bearded dragons
  • Bearded dragons can live in captivity for up to 10 years.
  • Bearded dragons or pogonas come from Australia.
  • Miss Sarah thinks Charlie is a Central Bearded Dragon (there are 8 or 9 different kinds).
  • Beardies come in many color variations. Charlie is mostly brown with an orange beard.
  • When a beardie is scared they can make their beard turn black and puff it out.  It's a great way to scare away predators.
  • Beardies are omnivores, meaning they can eat meat or vegetables. 
  • Beardies, and all other reptiles, are cold blooded and need the warmth of the sun to stay healthy. Charlie likes his tank between 80 and 100 F. 
  • Beardies live in hot dry places, so they don't drink water like humans do. Most of their water comes from their food and from soaking in water once a week or so.
Questions we are often asked about Charlie:
  • Does he bite? Charlie is very tame, but he has a mouth and that means he is capable of biting.
  • How old is Charlie? He hatched from his egg in June of 2018.
  • Does he poop a lot? No. Charlie doesn't need to eat every day.  He digests food slowly so he doesn't need to poop every day.
  • What does he eat? He loves roaches and superworms, but most of his food is vegetables and fruit. He really likes strawberries, carrots, kale and asparagus.
  • How big will Charlie grow? He could grow up to 24" long.