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Old 17-07-2011, 08:10 PM
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I've recently got a Rankin dragon (my first reptile).
He's about 7 months old and his name is Billy
I've not handled him yet, only got him 3 days ago so i'm letting him settle in. Ive been giving him mealworms and fresh veg. He's been eating the mealworms but i've also noticed that he's been vomiting them up. Why is this?
He also looks a bit thin. I'm going to get him some crickets tomorrow so hopefully he'll have a good munch on those.

I'm just wondering if people could clear a few things up for me.

What are the ideal temps for Rankins? I've heard they're lower than beardies.

I'm a little nervous to handle him for the first time, any advice?

Also, i've read about 'stress marks' on their bellies. Can you tell me if he has some.
Heres a few pics of his setup at the moment. I'm going to be adding plants and wood bit by bit. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if i've babbled a bit, as i said, he's my first reptile so I want to make sure i'm doing everything right. Thanks.

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Mine love small locusts, they wont touch crickets they also love grated butternut squash and its the first thing they go for. My temps are 100watt on basking area and 78 watt in cool end.
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Mine love small locusts, they wont touch crickets they also love grated butternut squash and its the first thing they go for. My temps are 100watt on basking area and 78 watt in cool end.
Oh right, that's very useful to know. I'll try and get some locusts tomorrow instead. Thanks for that
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Hi

When I researched Rankins, I found this site helpfull.

Rankins Dragon .co.uk

Never got/will get a rankins though, good luck with your new little fella.
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Thanks, i've give it a browse
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Hi are you dusting its food? the woorms may be a bit too big by the look of them, or it could be the pic, try using mini-mealworms and gut load them with fish flakes as it is full of protein and vitamins. See how that works and maybe the sickness maybe its whoofing them down and there a little too large for it, hope this helps and good luck i love Rankins they are so cute...
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yeah i'm dusting. They're not very big, he doesn't seem to struggle when he eats them. I've actually got a little video of him eating them so i'll post it up if i can.
When you say fish flakes, do you mean actual fish flakes that you feed to fish. I've got a tropical tank so got lots of fish food

He's a little beauty isn't he
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Old 18-07-2011, 05:06 PM
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Vomiting can be a sign of parasites which would also explain how thin he looks. It could just be the picture but he looks very very thin. I would suggest getting him checked by a vet or sending a sample off to pals just to be on the safe side
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Oh right. I really hope it's not parasites. I gave him some little hoppers today and he seemed to enjoy them. I'm going to keep an eye on him to see if he vomits them up.
You said send a sample to Pals. What's 'Pals'?
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Pals = Veterinary Laboratory, Tests For Companion & Exotic Animals.

Get a Full Parasitology done for £25. Your rankins looks very thin, much thinner than mine at that age. If he's throwing up and he's as thin as he is you really need to get him looked at. The parasitlogy test is a good start and is accepted by vets so they don't charge you to get another test done if you need to get him medicated.

I recommend you set the temp to around 40-42c at the basking end as my vet said reptile's immune system performs better when they're warm. I would also keep him as calm as you can as stress is also bad for their imune system.

Also avoid feeding him mealworms if he's throwing them up as they're hard to digest for them.
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