Why are eastern bearded dragons called jew lizards?

Discussion in 'Australian Lizards and Monitors' started by Demonique, Mar 17, 2019 at 7:45 PM.

  1. Demonique

    Demonique New Member

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    Heard this for the first time today, wanted to find out what bearded dragon was in French (fyi it's lézard à barbe or pogona) and one of the google results was wordreference.com which also mentioned they were called jew lizards in English, what's the etymology of the name?
     
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    Herptology Not so new Member

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    Because they want all the crickets to themselves!
     
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    This is quite an old common name used for the EBD. It is thought to have come from the dark beard of these lizards resembling the black beard of Jewish males.
     
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    nuttylizardguy Active Member

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    That is what I was told by my father when I was a kid too.

    I'm surprised the name hasn't been removed from the linga franka the same way the PC police have tried to remove common names like jewfish , jewies, nigger (fish) , blackfish, and of cause Nigger Brown Stadio.
    Personally I think PC is a load of BS.
     

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