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. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
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. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>