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Confused about bearded dragons colors

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by rbl, Mar 5, 2005.

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  1. rbl

    rbl MacGyver in real life

    The more I read about beardies' color, more convinced I am that my previous assumption of "bright color = healthy" is wrong.

    With so many breeder hype surrounding beardies' color schemes, now I don't even know what color should a "regular" beardie be =)

    If someone can point me an article(s) about this, I would appreciate it!

    Thanks =)
  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    The color for a normal bearded dragon is brown and tan with maybe some small amounts of red and yellow on the head. Do you have a pic of your bearded? Bright colors do not necessarily mean healthy.
  3. rbl

    rbl MacGyver in real life

    I haven't got one =) I'm in the middle of the decision process between a beardie and a leo.
    Mainly I'm just want to make sure I can distinguish between healthy and "not so healthy" individuals, and learn something about colors and how common/rare are they.
  4. GimliMakaio

    GimliMakaio Active Member

    i would go with a beardie over a leo if i were you! dragons have so much more personality, and they love attention.
    some dragons will darken the spots on their tummies and beards if they are stressed, but some dragons have permanently dark spots. dragons usually darken up when they are basking to better absorb heat. but color doesnt really matter as much as if the dragon is eating, alert, clean, and a good weight.
  5. steel rip

    steel rip Elite Member

    Tolkein my bearded is a normal heres a pic of him where he is displaying some dark coloring.


    And here he is just basking he is a lot lighter in color.


    My other two beardies have bright orange beards and are like a cream color.

    They will go darker in color when trying to attract more heat, whereas the beard display is different, Tolkein will display a really jet black beard when with the female adults.
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    With all the specialized breeding going on color is really not much use as a way to determine health. What you need to look for is an animal that is active and alert. The eyes should be open and attentive to what you are doing. There should be no signs of crustiness or disharge around the eyes and nose. The vent should be clean and have no signs of diarrea. Ask to see the animal eat. Healthy beardies have a voracious diet for crickets. If the owner tells you they have already beeen fed make a date to come back the next day to watch the feeding.
    Sometimes otherwise healthy beardies may be missing toes or tail tips due to the predation of its cagemates.
  7. rbl

    rbl MacGyver in real life

    Fantastic! =) Thanks Merlin!
  8. samantha

    samantha Elite Member

    really pretty beardies steel rip! he knows hes hot stuff dont!
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