What do you think?

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What do you think?

Postby SandP » Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:20 am

On February 28th I adopted a new beardie. I don't know too much about him but I was told he was fully grown. The person I got him from said he got him from someone else 9 month ago. He, my first male, seems small to me. He weighs 389g and he's about 16-17 inches long. He has some fat pads, his tail seems thick, you can't see any hip bones but his torso is about half the width of my girls. Is that normal for a male to be that much thinner than a female or do you think he is younger than I was led to believe. Being told he's fully grown I was given the impression he was at least 2 but I'm thinking he may be more of a sub adult.

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Re: What do you think?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:42 am

Did you find out what kind of lights he was under or anything about diet? I would just get him on a good diet and good lighting and see what happens-- if he grows more that is good -- as long as he is eating basking pooping and active he will grow more I am thinking-
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Re: What do you think?

Postby SandP » Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:45 am

From what I was told his diet wasn't too bad besides the dried bugs but he also got live bugs and fresh greens. His poops have been good looking, so he seems hydrated. I was told nothing of his lighting but was given some domes, no bulbs but I'm going to assume he had inadequate uvb. He does have an odd looking jaw, maybe like it was broken at some point but looks all healed now. I'll upload a pic later.

I just don't remember my girls ever having such a thin frame but maybe they did and that's why I'm thinking he isn't as old as I thought. His upper torso, his ribs, are about half as wide as my girls.

It may be hard to see as well as I do in person but his lower left jaw protrudes more.

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Re: What do you think?

Postby saraho » Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:30 pm

My beardie Charlie will be 3 in June. He's only 17 inches long (snout to tip of tail) and 440 g. He's healthy and happy but he's obviously on the small side for a grown male. I don't know about your boy, especially with his murky history, but for Charlie, this size just means he's smaller than some.
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Re: What do you think?

Postby SandP » Fri Mar 12, 2021 2:20 pm

I don't mind at all if this is him full grown I guess I'm just trying to figure out how old he could be for curiosity sake. He is such a sweetheart, even from day one. I'm surprised he's so calm and wanting to cuddle so soon after getting him. Sometimes he has no issue going back in his tank after letting him out to run around other times he'll grab on and not want to let go. I'll hold him a little more and he almost always climbs up my arm so he can snuggle into my neck. It's so adorable.
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