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Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:18 pm
by HippieLizards
So Back in October I was gifted with a Baby Beardie, and So far he seems to be doing excellent, BUT, I'm seriously concerned about his size... Last I Measured he was 12" and he is around 7 months old(I think)? I don't have a recent weight record but I feel that he is extremely tiny for his age since I am always seeing posts about Like 4-5 month old beardies being almost adult size.

Am I doing something wrong??? He is always active and eager to eat, he eats 2x a day with around 15 bugs and calcium and he's got a good uvb, is he just tiny? Will he grow soon? Or am I just being overly paranoid? :( [Click image to enlarge]
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Thank Y'all in advance! <3

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:12 am
by AHBD
Hi there, Rocket is a nice looking dragon, beautiful colors + healthy looking. :) He's a bit on the small side but not terribly so and can still attain a good size. Does he eat 15 bugs twice a day or is that for both feedings ? Would he eat more or that's all he wants ? If he'll eat more then keep feeding him.

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:06 am
by Gormagon
All dragons have individual growth rates. He may hit a growth spurt at any time.
He sure is pretty though.

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:31 am
by HippieLizards
AHBD wrote:Hi there, Rocket is a nice looking dragon, beautiful colors + healthy looking. :) He's a bit on the small side but not terribly so and can still attain a good size. Does he eat 15 bugs twice a day or is that for both feedings ? Would he eat more or that's all he wants ? If he'll eat more then keep feeding him.
That's good to hear, Yeah normally with both feedings he'll stop eating his hugs after 15-20. Sometimes more but normally that's when He'll stop.
Gormagon wrote:All dragons have individual growth rates. He may hit a growth spurt at any time.
He sure is pretty though.

Ah, That makes sense, he was getting ready to shed on his arms and tail earlier, and yeah I just love his patterns and colors :D

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:20 am
by BeardedMabel
hes a very handsome man

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:20 pm
by HippieLizards
lol Yes he is. :)

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:55 am
by kingofnobbys
He looks fine to me and like he has some mischief in him ( bet he keeps you amused with his antics and quirks).

Just for your comparison :

14 weeks old bodyweight
Peppa 82.8g
Toothless 66.5g
Rex 77.5g
Puff 65.7g

4 months old bodyweight
Peppa 119.5g
Toothless 91.1g

18 weeks old bodyweight
Rex 128.1g
Puff 105.2g

5 months old bodyweight
Peppa 191g
Toothless 137.1g
Rex 148.3g
Puff 129.8g

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:49 am
by HippieLizards
Yes he's definitely always into mischief, and Thank you for that, I'll weigh him as soon as I can. :)

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:11 am
by Peach
At 4 months, Bleu was 12 inches too. He's now 11 months and almost 20 inches and and just at 300 grams. He had a big growth spurt around the 7-month mark.

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:02 pm
by HippieLizards
Peach wrote:At 4 months, Bleu was 12 inches too. He's now 11 months and almost 20 inches and and just at 300 grams. He had a big growth spurt around the 7-month mark.
That's good to hear, Hopefully Rocket Will do the same. :)

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:49 am
by HippieLizards
He's now a year and 3 months old, 230 grams, and 20" long. Yet he's still not at complete Beardie size... he's still rather small. Is he just going to stay small? Or will he start becoming like Loki's size? It doesn't bother him too much, but literally every other 1 year old dragon is like twice his size. He's big, but he's just long and slender? What might I be doing wrong??

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I'll try and get a safe comparison photo of him in a bit.

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:32 am
by Moon4wolfgirl
my blitz is the same way, im thinking shell just hit a growth spurt soon

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:03 pm
by CooperDragon
Probably just hasn't grown into his body yet (think lanky teenager). He may stay slim as an adult which is good, but I'd expect him to gradually add on weight over the next several months.

Re: Is Rocket An ok size?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:02 pm
by HippieLizards
Ok, I hope so. :) Thank you.