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RE: info on beardies

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Posted by: PHLdyPayne at Tue Jun 7 18:26:10 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHLdyPayne ]  
   

1. Should you use calcium with D3 or a 2:1 ratio of calciumhosphorous? Use calcium with D3, no phosphorous at all. They get enough of this in the diet, calcium is more important.

2. Are translucent beardies considered unhealthy and will breeding two of them together up your chances at unhealthy offspring? Far as I am aware, translucent dragons are no more unhealthy than any other dragon morph. As for breeding them together, I don't think there's any issue...but I don't breed translucents myself (don't like the morph at all).
3. Whats the earliest age you can breed a bearded dragon safely? Females should be at least 15 months old with over 18 months idea. Males should be at least 12 months old. Both are capable of breeding younger, but there are higher risks.

4. Is their a site I can research beardie morphs at?
There are more dragon sites out there than ever. Start with reading back posts in these forums, checking out the various dragon breeders who both post here regularly and sponsor the forum (see banner ads above). Google 'bearded dragon care' and you will get tons that way too. www.beautifuldragons.com is a good one, but there are many others.

5. Whats the earliest age you can correctly sex a beardie?
This varies...many breeders say they can accurately sex at birth..personally I would say at least 6 weeks. Best way to sex is to play the dragon on a flat surface or palm of your hand, facing away from you. Lift the tail up to about 90 degree angle and look at the space on the tail side of the vent. If you see two bulges or a central dimple, you have a male..if you see only one bulge, its female.

6. What is the deal with in-breeding dragons? Does it matter? Does it produce weak genes and unhealthy lizards?
Main reason for inbreeding is to isolate genetic traits, especially recessive traits. For the most part, breeders will then out breed these dragons to keep the gene pool from getting stagnant..(cont below
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