Possibly a Rankin?? Or First time owners lack of knowledge??

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Possibly a Rankin?? Or First time owners lack of knowledge??

Postby Steph4158 » Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:58 am

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Hello everyone- it's been since March and I had already fell in love with my sweet "Crikey" at that point. I had been searching for info and found this site with the best info a new owner could ever want and more...He (def identification of 2 small lumps above vent) is the sweetest, smartest animal I know. He loves to bask most of the day if not only to venture down to eat, loves to bathe and loves for me to get him out of his tank and snuggles up to his mommy! He eats his greens and veggies every other day if not every morning and loves to hunt crickets....dusted and gut loaded :) almost daily until pretty recent and now he usually wants them 4-5 days a week. He is in a 30 gallon tank with basking temp consistently 98-105 with other side staying constant 80-83 only to drop to about 75 when lights are off at night...attempted to transfer him to a 50 gallon tank and he had no part in that. He pouted for 2 days (refused to eat at all) until I returned him to his 30 gallon and he immediately returned to his sweet, loving, hungry self. However, he is approx 7-8 months old and maybe 10 inches at most if that in size. I feel like maybe I'm doing him harm because of his size...but he looks so much like and has all the behavior traits associated with a Rankin. Is it possible that I have this rare dragon in my home in Knoxville, TN or is this wishful thinking and I need to get with the program quick and realize I'm hurting his growth somehow( tho up until I wrote this, i have been so confident that he is just as healthy as he seems this whole time and possibly be this sub-species which looks like him so much & his size is exactly that of a Rankin), not intentionally ever, but any observations about his appearance will be greatly appreciated. Please keep in mind that I am still learning every single day, but I will do absolutely anything I can to make sure that my little buddy is as healthy and happy as he always seems to be. Thanks so much. -Stephanie & Crikey
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Re: Possibly a Rankin?? Or First time owners lack of knowled

Postby ComicBookMama » Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:25 am

Hard to tell from the pics, and I'm no expert... but Crikey looks like a very handsome P. Vitticeps to me... your standard Beardie. All the Rankins dragons I've seen have had a rounder, almost snub-nosed look to their faces. But maybe others will weigh in?
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Re: Possibly a Rankin?? Or First time owners lack of knowled

Postby AHBD » Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:51 pm

I agree, looks like a small p.vitticeps [ central ] beardie. He looks healthy though. It is possible that he is younger than you think, if you got him in March he may have been only 3-4 weeks old and just 5 months old now. What + how much do you feed him ?
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Re: Possibly a Rankin?? Or First time owners lack of knowled

Postby loljelloclowdz » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:50 pm

Are you measuring snout to tail tip, or are you measuring snout to vent?
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Re: Possibly a Rankin?? Or First time owners lack of knowled

Postby AHBD » Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:47 am

The O.P. is measuring snout to tail tip. If it were S-V, the dragon would be in the 20" range and the owner would not be wondering if it's stunted or if it's a Rankin's., plus it would barely fit in a 30 gal. tank.
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