Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

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Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby Lili500 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:42 am

I’ve had my bearded dragon, mushu, for 5 months now. Mushu looked a like he might have been a month or two old already when I purchased him at pet smart. His is my first beaded dragon, so I don’t have a lot of experience. Based on my care, he has definitely grown since then. I would like an opinion on if he’s a good size at his age. Last time I measured him he was about 13 in. Is he growing at the right pace?
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby MrSpectrum » Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:58 am

How is his build/health otherwise? Growth & growth rate are largely genetic, and like kids, they can grow at different rates, and have growth spurts--some earlier and some later.

I wouldn't be concerned at that size, as long a he's healthy and not too skinny.

Out of curiosity, what are you feeding him, and how much/how often?
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby Lili500 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:35 am

I usually give my bearded dragon mealworms and crickets (dust them 3-4 times weekly), it’s the easiest to access in Alaska. I heard that that mealworms could cause impact from some sources, but other sources says that mealworms are completely safe. I also give him collard greens, bell peppers, and kale. Ive recently gave him some vitamin pellets for juvenile bearded dragons, make sure he’s getting all of his nutritional. I’ll post a picture of him.
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby reptilez12 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:54 pm

Mine has the same name, around the same age! Haha, I'm sure he's doing just fine as long as you follow the necessary requirements for a happy and healthy beardie ^^
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby MrSpectrum » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:34 am

He looks fine, and the diet looks fine.
As long as his lighting is correct, I don't see any issues.
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby Lili500 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:43 am

He has a heat light and a uvb light. He’ll bask in both of them. I’ll turn both of them off, but since it’s Alaska I have a night heater for him so that he doesn’t get cold.
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:13 am

He should be fine at night without supplemental heat as long as the room temp doesn't fall below 65°F.
If it does on a regular basis, then a CHE is prudent.
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Re: Is my bearded dragon the right size for his age?

Postby Lili500 » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:30 pm

MrSpectrum wrote:He should be fine at night without supplemental heat as long as the room temp doesn't fall below 65°F.
If it does on a regular basis, then a CHE is prudent.


That’s what I meant when I said he has a night heater. In Alaska it can get cold at night so I made sure to get one from amazon. Don’t know the brand but it works great and It came with a thermostat
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