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Different color outside

Postby Mflav » Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:52 pm

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My 1yr old beardie changes color in the natural sunlight. In his tank he’s on the darker side but under the sun he’s nice and light with beautiful yellows and oranges. Does this mean he’s not getting the proper UVB in tank? I have T5 10.0 HO and he is within 6-8” of it without screen.[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Different color outside

Postby loljelloclowdz » Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:58 pm

They actually change colors to camouflage (though they aren’t great at it). They can also change colors to absorb more heat/uvb or to encourage it to reflect off of their skin when they have reached their limits.
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Re: Different color outside

Postby AHBD » Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:23 pm

They can also change color according to mood, it's exciting/stimulating and at times even stressful to be outside so that all factors in. And the excellent uvb rays always bring out their best color. :)
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Re: Different color outside

Postby WinFam01 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:15 pm

Wow, that is a big difference. Kind of surprises me too, because I thought they turn darker in the sun soaking up all that uvb.
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Re: Different color outside

Postby AHBD » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:29 am

They may turn dark out in the sun if it's cool outside , that helps them absorb more heat. If it's optimal temp. they can be at their best color [ bright orange, yellow, red and tiger barred dragons ]
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Re: Different color outside

Postby WinFam01 » Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:37 am

AHBD wrote:They may turn dark out in the sun if it's cool outside , that helps them absorb more heat. If it's optimal temp. they can be at their best color [ bright orange, yellow, red and tiger barred dragons ]

Interesting! Is optimal temp like 95+ like basking spots?
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Re: Different color outside

Postby Draven88 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:22 am

WinFam01 wrote:
AHBD wrote:They may turn dark out in the sun if it's cool outside , that helps them absorb more heat. If it's optimal temp. they can be at their best color [ bright orange, yellow, red and tiger barred dragons ]

Interesting! Is optimal temp like 95+ like basking spots?


Optimal temp for their brightest colors isn't quite the same as basking for digestion. The high basking temps is for the digestion and properly breaking down food. While in an enclosure with the UVB lights that is generally when they will lighten up the most, but in natural sunlight it can happen as much or more in lower temps because the sun provides more effective UVB than any bulb could. Even with effective ranges we are really providing the total UVB for the day over many hours whereas in the wild they may only bask parts of the day for what they need and then be in shade where its still warm but not in direct sunlight. As an example about 15 minutes or so of true sunlight is as effective as several hours of a UVB bulb. Also even beardies that are bright colored inside will show their colors better in a more natural light.
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Re: Different color outside

Postby WinFam01 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:09 pm

Thanks for taking the time to explain!
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