Digestive

Bearded dragons have a very similar digestive tract compared to that in humans. Infant bearded dragons typically eat a diet that consists mainly of small crickets or other small insects. Once they become adults, their diet shifts towards being almost completely vegetarian, only eating insects once in a while (Bodenham, 2019). Reptiles have different types of digestive tracts depending on their diet, since bearded dragons are almost completely vegetarian they possess a significantly larger cecum in proportion to their body compared to that in humans (Grosset et al., 2014). Larger ceca are found in vegetarian animals while carnivorous animals have smaller ceca. The ceca is crucial in animals who's diet mainly consist of plants as it is the main place where cellulose gets digested (Haas, 2018). 

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