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Old 01-28-04, 08:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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They both are totally different but I think both make good pets....... A ball is a bit easier to care for but dragons are not hard to keep....... If you want simple, go for a ball python.......
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beardie setups are simple. heat light, uv bulb water dish and something to sit on.. thats not complicated!!
They are alot more work than a Ball would be. The first year of a Beardie's life, especially. They eat ALOT of pinhead crickets when they are small(up to 2 dozen PLUS a day!), and the food bill for those are through the roof compared to a mouse every week or two.

I went out and started a breeding colony of my own instead of paying 10 bucks a week for his crix, I spent 40 bucks to breed my own. Over the long run that saves you qutie a bit of money(I bred enought to sell to friends, which offset the cost as well), but then you have to put up with loose crickets in the house, cleaning and maintaining crickets, AND feeding the Dragon. I didn't mind it, but it took me longer to take care of one Dragon, than it does for me to take care of the 12 snakes I have right now.

They are fun little critters though. After all, who couldn't love this face...?



Hats off to all the BD breeders, out there, I can only imagine how much work goes into it!
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They are alot more work than a Ball would be.
That doesn't mean that they are harder to take care of, or any less suitable for a novice keeper. It all boils down to what you want out of the animal. Both are so very different in all aspects of husbandry and temperament. While one may be suitable for one person's idea of a pet, the other may not be, and vice versa. Asking which one makes a better pet, is like asking what makes a better snack, apples or oranges
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yup...everyone has an opinion on what kind of reptiles they like, im just in you chameleons, i find them intresting, so far many other reptiles, it doesnt bother me doing more work. Each time i spray or cup feed, he slowly learns that im the keeper and the one thats giving him food and taking care of him, i just enjoy that, i really doesnt bother me how much work it takes, jsut depends what you like, i didnt find taking a bearded dragon hard... but this is my opinion thanks

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That doesn't mean that they are harder to take care of, or any less suitable for a novice keeper.
Not nessesarily harder, but definitely more time consuming than a snake. I'm not saying one is 'better' than the other, that's a matter of personal judgement - But beardies are defintiely more involving.

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