mealworms for Rankins?

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mealworms for Rankins?

Postby kevinade » Mon May 18, 2020 11:33 am

Hey rankins experts,
We 'accidentally' bought 100 mealworms for our 8 month old Rankins Dragon, who is about 8 inches long (a family member who doesn't really understand the different types of worms). From what I've read, meal worms are not great for rankins and may cause impactation. On the other hand, lots of people/care sheets refer to mealworms as staple food for Rankins dragons. These are supposedly 'large' meal worms, but about 3/4 inch long and pretty skinny. Are they ok to serve to our Rankins - we'd also be giving small crickets (1/4 - 3/8 inch) and veggies (she loves butternut squash, and has recently begun enjoying carrots).
Thanks very much for your advice!
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby TinyBlue » Wed May 27, 2020 10:07 pm

HI,
I can't help you but I also have one little Rankin's and I would like to know more about him. So if you don't mind, I'll stick around for more info.
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby Wickedpogana » Thu May 28, 2020 2:02 am

They molt they're exoskeleton frequently and you can catch them when they are all white and pure protein superworms do the same and shed and become white with no chitin/exoskeleton , if your lights and husbandry is correct is fine just make sure you have the perfect temp and not a too low temp that most people recommend do your research in that field alot of misconceptions and folklore housing that being said I wouldnt feed one that is dark and has alot of exoskelton. MAKE sure they aren't Giant Mealworms the breeders spray those with pesticides to keep them growing and prevent them from molting into the beetle which is their adult stage, How old is he and size etc? What lights do you use ?They eat pretty much what a beardie does expect things like pinkie should probably never be fed to a Pogona Minor aka Rankin dragon in any circumstance, I'd stick to moderate size hornworms nothing gigantic im not sure what heat gradient you would want for one as I know with beardies most recommend a low temp so look twice in that Avenue.
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby TinyBlue » Thu May 28, 2020 2:59 am

Thanks but one thing only: Rankin's aren't Pogona minor, they are Pogona Henrylawsoni. As far as I know, P. Minor is a different species and not usually kept/bred in captivity (although I know of one breeder).
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby Wickedpogana » Thu May 28, 2020 1:35 pm

TinyBlue wrote:Thanks but one thing only: Rankin's aren't Pogona minor, they are Pogona Henrylawsoni. As far as I know, P. Minor is a different species and not usually kept/bred in captivity (although I know of one breeder).
yeah it is but i do not know the difference between the two mix em up easily, rankin is a pygymy bearded dragon so easy to mix it up with something named minor still dont know the diffrence between them
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby TinyBlue » Thu May 28, 2020 9:57 pm

TO be honest, neither do it! :D I just know they are two different species. I'm reading Wikipedia right now, and it seems that P. minor are actually quite big, bigger than P. Henrylawsoni anyway.
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby razorback » Sun May 31, 2020 7:42 am

I bought a dragon after mine disappeared somehow. The "replacement" dragon was one of 4 at Petco and the most colorful and dramatically marked so he became mine. After researching I found that
he is a Rankin. The distinguishing feature is the series of dual polka dots down the back. This guy in the picture is 3 months old, VERY active, a bit skittish even after frequent handling and quite voracious. My first dragon was free range in my music room and one morning suddenly was not there. After removing every movable item from the room he remained unfound.

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After three months I went in for some guitar practice and miraculously the missing dragon was sitting on a pillow on the floor. My response was and still is "no way" How long can one of these creatures live with no food or water?[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby TinyBlue » Sun May 31, 2020 8:13 am

Hi,

Hey what a story! I had one who run away and returned after a month, but I live in the country and he probably had plenty to eat. It's a beautiful dragon but I don't think he's a Rankins to be honest... I'm no expert in Rankins but I've had bearded dragons for a few years now and I think the nose is the shape of a normal P. Vitticeps. P. Henrylawsoni are relatively rare and they would not have them in a pet shop by mistake, I suspect. They hace a distinct bow-tie pattern and a shorter, more rounded nose. Still, it's a besutiful dragón with a striking pattern!
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby razorback » Sun May 31, 2020 11:38 am

Possibly
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby razorback » Sun May 31, 2020 11:48 am

TinyBlue
I have recently found (like today) that our dragons sometimes go dormant and hide for weeks at a time then reappear. There is a narrow space behind a cabinet in the closet where he may have squeezed in for such a brief hibernation. At least there now is a plausible explanation for the situation. And here I was thinking he might be a relative of Puff the "magic" dragon.
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Re: mealworms for Rankins?

Postby AHBD » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:25 am

Hi there, to Razorback, that's not a Rankin's [ or is the pic of the one that went missing ? ] No pet stores accidentally sell them and they are not colorful. You can post a pic of it if you like but it's 99.9 % surely not a Rankin's if you got it at Petco with the other beardies.

For Kevin, a few mealworms every other day are fine an inch or less for an 8" Rankins, but other insects should be in the diet, it shouldn't be all mealworms.
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