A new keeper's guide to the Pogona Rankini / Henrylawsoni Dragon

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 Post subject: New rankin
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:15 pm 
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Hi, picked my rankin up yesterday, seems very happy in the viv, eating well and drinking some water. Seems to get very jittery and nervous when my hand goes in viv to grab water bowl or place in veg. How long shall I leave it before starting interaction, if I go to stroke him he backs off. Also I have the temp set at 32c and have been told it is okay to turn off at night, but have also read it should be dropped at night by around 10c what's best for him?

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 Post subject: Re: New rankin
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:32 am 
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Hi,

He will probably have started to settle in after about 4 weeks.

One of the tricks to handling them is to not try and pick them up by lowering you hand from above their body. They will perceive this as a predator attacking them and you run the risk of getting bitten (in self defence). Start by putting your hand in the tank (palm facing up) at the far end of the cage and slowly slide your hand toward him. Leave your hand in front of him for a while so that he can see it and smell it. If he doesn't back away slowly slide it under his body and let him sit there in your hand, in the cage. Don't try and take him out. Repeat this a couple of times a day for a week or so so that he gets used to you. Then you can try lifting him off the cage floor a little. Again, repeat this for a week or so. Patience usually wins the day and you want him to be comfortable with you.

When you finally do take him out of the cage make sure you have a firm hold on him and that if he does wriggle free and jump (and he probably will) that he does not land on a hard floor or surface. Confine handling to an area that is under your control. Somewhere where there is not any furniture for him to run under or gaps in woodwork where he could escape to and you would not be able to get him back. Make no mistake, these little lizards are very quick and agile. They can squeeze into the smallest gaps, so don't make it easy for them.

Dragons are comfortable down to about 70 degrees at night. They can actually tolerate temps in the low 60's but they are not too comfortable there. If your ambient room temperature at night is in the 70's then you don't need to do anything. If it drops down into the 60's then consider investing in something like a 50W ceramic heat bulb (more wattage if you have a bigger enclosure). They don't give out any light (which is good because they like to sleep at night) but will give out enough heat to keep him warm

Hope this helps,
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 Post subject: Re: New rankin
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:07 pm 
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Hi,

Thanks for reply, he loves being handled now and seems to be happier out his viv then when in it. When he woke this morn his beard was very black got him out and his colour went back to normal, this has happened again tonight, he had a black beard so got him out for 20mins went back to normal, put him back in his viv and it's gone black again almost straight away. Is there any reason for this or could it just be a case of he loves to come out and play.

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 Post subject: Re: New rankin
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:46 am 
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Hi,

The black beard is generally attributed to one of the following:

1. Dominance
2. Stress
3. Illness

If he seems to be in overall good health then it could be the stress of being in a new home or he could be seeing you as a challenge and he wants to show you he's in charge.

Keep an eye on him. If it's stress he should settle down after a couple of weeks

Hope this helps,
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 Post subject: Re: New rankin
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:44 pm 
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So after a few months of having our lovely female rankin (buffy) we have decided to do a good deed and re home a male (rango) from the same reptile centre we bought buffy, (we took buffy to meet him at reptile centre Saturday and all seemed fine) after an intense stand off between the 2 they seemed to settle down well, but after a couple of hours they started to show signs of aggression and then tried to bite each other, we separated quickly and after half hour reintroduced into viv where they have stayed in opposite sides of viv and both gone to sleep. Is this set to end badly? Buffy Is shedding so I don't no if this won't help things as she tends to be agitated anyway when shedding. I can take rango back to reptile centre if needed.

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