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Too small?

Postby Genofdistinct » Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:43 am

Hi! My beardie Jerald is officially a year and 3 months old, however I have a small paranoid concern about her size, she’s 17 inches long, and can fit in one of my hands(my hands are pretty small) but, she’s healthy, incredibly active(most times she wakes me up running around her cage) loves digging, and loves being out of her cage. She eats well and i try to keep her at a good weight but sometimes she goes a little over, so I’m assuming she’s healthy but still wanna check![Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Too small?

Postby AHBD » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:08 am

Yes, she looks perfectly healthy ! :) She still has some growing to do but some beardies don't grow past the 17-18" mark. Just like people, some adults are short, some are tall. Her weight looks fine, don't let her get too chubby, that's never good for a dragon.
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Re: Too small?

Postby DorgEndo » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:13 am

Dragons do have sexual dimorphism where the females are typically at the smaller end of what is a normal size, males usually at the larger end. You can look for making sure her scales look clean and bright, healthy eyes, healthy mouth. Healthy fat and muscle distribution. At some point if you don't find anything wrong and keep up with your heat, UVB, and all husbandry you'll have to accept you've done everything you can.

For comparison My girl is similar age, 1 year and 7 months old. 16 inches long. About 400 grams weight depending on the day. I've gotten an x-ray and blood tests for her. By every measure I can do she is healthy, just small for a dragon. I also got her at 6 months old and very sick so she may have missed some chance to grow longer.
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Re: Too small?

Postby AHBD » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:43 am

It's true that females can sometimes be smaller but many males end up in the small range as well while some females end up as large as males, in the 22-24" range which is pretty much the max nowadays, [aside from some that are VERY rarely larger ]
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Re: Too small?

Postby Genofdistinct » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:42 am

Ok perfect, and it’s constantly a battle to keep her a good weight haha. But good to know just still had the little anxiety, doesn’t help that my rescue is massive!!
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