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Difference Between Bearded Dragon and Fancy Bearded Dragon

In the recent past, people have diverged in reference to the preference of pets. A little over a decade ago, most people would have looked away in the mention of any species of a dragon for a pet. Thankfully, due to the tireless efforts of professional breeders and hobbyists, these amazing animals are now common in pet stores. 

Most types of bearded dragons live in relatively hot, arid regions hence require a warm, dry enclosure. Water must also be offered, and the closure should offer temperature gradients whereby the dragon can move from the cool side to the hot basking side. 

Different types of dragons are preferred as pets because they are low maintenance hence are easy to take care of and the unique behaviors they display in captivity, such as arm waving, head bobbing and stacking. 

There are many types of dragons, some being the bearded dragon and the fancy bearded dragon.  

 

What is a Bearded Dragon?

They are a member of a genus called Pogona which originated from Australia. They are yellow or tan in color and are called bearded due to the ability of the dragon to have a beard like skin in the throat surface mostly when it’s being territorial or feeling threatened. Its body is flat shaped, with spines on the surface of the throat, both sides of the body and also the head. 

 

What is a Fancy Bearded Dragon?

A fancy bearded dragon is a type of bearded dragon that has various variations from the bearded dragon. For instance, a fancy bearded dragon has less scaling and smoother skin and has a color variation which tends to lean more to the red color. Their availability is, however, seasonal.  

 

Similarities between Bearded Dragon and the Fancy Bearded Dragon

  • Both have an average lifespan of 10 years
  • Both have the same feeding habits-They both feed on crickets, chopped meat, earthworms, superworms, and leafy greens. 
  • Both originated from Australia
  • Both are low maintenance hence easy to take care of 

 

Differences between Bearded Dragon and Fancy Bearded Dragon

  1. Color

Bearded dragons are tan to yellow in color while fancy bearded dragon leans more to the red color. 

  1. Skin Texture

A bearded dragon has more scaling and rougher skin while a fancy bearded dragon has a smoother skin with less scaling. 

Bearded Dragon vs. Fancy Bearded Dragon: Comparison Table

 

Summary of Bearded Dragon vs. Fancy Bearded Dragon

While many species of dragons are good for a pet, it is important for a caretaker to ensure that maximum care is given to the bearded dragon and that an ideal environment is provided. Both the bearded dragon and the fancy bearded dragon are excellent pet choices, as they are low maintenance with high intelligence levels. 

 

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