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Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

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    Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    Is anyone familiar enough with these two reptiles to offer me an opinion as to which would be better for a relative beginner? It appears that the Mali is the best beginner uromastyx according to Deer Fern Farms and everyone says that berdies are great first reptiles. I like the fact that the uromastyx can be maintained on a "non-cricket" diet, but I have held a couple Bearded Dragons and they just seem so mellow and friendly. Is one "harder" to keep than the other? Does one require much more or less maintenance than the other? Any advice would be appreciated.






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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    Well they will both require similar cage setups. A hot and arid 4x2x2 enclosure with tile and rock caves and stuff. I think the Bearded Dragons are more likely to climb so they may need more branches than a uro.

    As far as temperament a Bearded Dragon will be calmer and easier to handle than a uro (you may never get to handle these guys depending on the individual).

    As far as cage maintenance this I think will depend on the age of the lizard. Baby Bearded Dragons grow extremely fast so their intake of bugs is astronomical and thus they poop alot so you could be cleaning the cage a couple times a day for the first few months. However once they stop growing they slow down considerably and its much easier to clean up after them.
    For example I have 2 juveniles (about 11months old I think) and with grundy its fairly easy to clean as he always goes in the same spot on his basking ledge. Zsaasz though goes everywhere and she goes alot more than grundy. I also have an adult Bearded Dragon that will only go potty in a bath so I have no cage maintenance for her besides sweeping up the left over salad once a week.
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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    I have both, I raised the Bearded Dragon from a baby and took the uro in as a rescue.
    Feeding now that they are both adults is basically the same(I add a few mealworms/crickets to the Bearded Dragons cage)
    Uro's need a hotter basking area, so high wattage bulb is needed (I use halogens from hardware storest)
    My Bearded Dragon loves to come and hang out. You can set him on the couch in the sun and he will sit there for an hour. The uro is squirmy and wants to explore, she doesn't want to be handled much.
    Bearded Dragons cost a lot less then uro's. Uros here are $300-500 range Bearded Dragons $70-150 range. So that could be a huge factor with deciding.
    I like them both, I don't miss the 50+ crickets a day when my Bearded Dragon was a baby, he has always been calm and a better pet.
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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    I should have indicated that for the sake of the question, assume that cost isn't an issue (even though it sorta is). I am aware that the cages would be quite similar with the uros needing a warmer basking area. So I guess I just have to decide based upon the fact that beardeds need crickets yet are far more fun to "hang out" with and uros don't need crickets but aren't as fun to "hang out" with. Do beardeds need any humidity and how do you know when it's okay to transition the beardeds to more vegetables and less crickets? Do they just stop showing interest in crickets as they get older? Tough decisions.

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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    The transition is kinda hard. You should always offer them a bit of salad. Then when you start noticing that they are eating all of it slowly add more salad and feed less crickets. At about a year old I switch them to only salads in the morning and bugs twice in the evenings. Then when they are 20+ in or full sized I do large salads in the mornign and a couple bugs in the evenings.
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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    I do the same too salad in the morning and bugs at supper time. I usually mix a few mealies in Spikey salad that does help him eat it. Some things he goes crazy for dandilions, butternut squash.

    Another good suggestion would be to go and hold them, see them in person and pick who you like the best
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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    Thanks for the info. I have held a Bearded Dragon and they are indeed quite mellow. If I go with a Mali Uro, I would probably be ordering one since I don't believe that there are any vendors in my area. Does anyone know if Mali's are peaceful and like being held?

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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    To be honest I have yet to come across any lizard that seems to have the handleabilty of the bearded dragon. They actually seem to like human attention. They are like a cat with scales.
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    Re: Mali Uromastyx Versus Bearded Dragon?

    So I guess it looks like a bearded is a better choice despite the cricket thing :-) I am probably going to consider a showcase enclosue since those seem to be the nicest ready-made enclosures.

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