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 carrots, carrot greens and bell peppers (the red ones, not the orange, yellow or green.) He's kind of picky.
  • How big will Charlie grow? He is probably done growing.  As of July 2020, he was 16 inches long from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.