Is my Dragon a Rankins?

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Is my Dragon a Rankins?

Postby shuubee » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:52 am

I got her from a breeder about just over 2 weeks ago. When I got her I was originally told she was 6wks old but she seems really small, and about 2 weeks later she is only about 5-5.5in long. At first I thought the breeder maybe lied to me about the age and she was just younger than I had been told but yesterday I took her to the vet for a check up. She's perfectly healthy however he pointed out her markings (dark lines on the sides of the face and a diamond pattern on her back) and told me she was probably the right age I was told but might be a rankins! I don't mind if she is but I'd like a second opinion if anyone has something to offer : ) I was originally told she was a citrus leatherback if anyone is wondering

Also she is a little fat..ter. I'm working on fixing that.

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Re: Is my Dragon a Rankins?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:22 pm

The lack of head spikes and relatively stubby/rounded face makes me think she could be a Rankins. I suppose this could also be a result of having leatherback genes. If you take a look at her from overhead, you can compare her to this chart which may help you identify her type.

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Re: Is my Dragon a Rankins?

Postby AHBD » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:54 pm

No. not a Rankin's, just a small beardie. Leatherbacks are just a morph of P.vitticeps though, not a Rankin's.

And the spike chart is pretty unreliable to compare a baby dragon, that won't be of use for a small juvenile.

To be honest, the vitticeps [ central ] beardie's head could fit several of those drawings so it's not really useful in the U.S. or among keepers on most countries except Australia where those other dragons are found.
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