Sat, Mar 9, 2024

I need help identifying this species of bearded dragon. I was told to talk to a vet, but I can’t actually take her into the vet right now. There’s not one near me and I’m in the middle of moving so I was wondering if this would help. so she is an extremely unique color I have never seen it on any other bearded dragon. She has a lot of red in her and a lot of yellow in her she shows a lot of signs of having Rankin and her because when you look up rankin bearded dragons you find they’re very alert and super energetic and they climb Significantly better than normal bearded dragons and they’re smaller and everybody I’ve asked says she’s not old enough to know, but she has the build of a rankin but she’s too big to be one. She shed extremely early, which is another sign of Rankin, and we bonded immediately, which is another sign of Rankin I have seen pictures of vittikins and she looks just like them but everybody I’ve told says it’s impossible because how rare they are but she looks identical down to the head shape. I got her from an ordinary pet store but I really do think this is what I have

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Based on your description of the unique coloration, with a lot of red and yellow, as well as the energetic behavior and climbing ability, it sounds like you may have a bearded dragon that is either a Rankin's dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni), a Vittikins dragon (which is a hybrid between Pogona vitticeps and Pogona henrylawsoni), or a particularly unique morph of the more common Central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps).

Rankin's dragons are indeed smaller, more alert, and energetic compared to the Central bearded dragon. They also tend to mature faster, which could explain the early shedding you've observed. However, if your bearded dragon is larger than what is typical for a Rankin's, it might not be a purebred Rankin's dragon.

In terms of bonding, while Rankin's dragons are known for their sociable nature, bonding quickly can also be a trait of individual personality rather than a species-specific trait.

For now, ensure that your bearded dragon has a suitable habitat with appropriate temperature gradients, UVB lighting, and a diet that meets nutritional needs. This will support her health regardless of her exact species.

In such cases, it would be important to find a way to consult with a reptile veterinarian, even if it means reaching out to one who can offer advice remotely.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.