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    Colour Development Sun vs Artificial Lighting

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone has done a controlled test on Artificial vs Natural lighting? Previously I raised my hatchlings under artificial light and had maybe 10-20% of the clutch be quite bright and colourful. This year however I'm raising all my hatchlings under natural sunlight and most/all of the are (in my opinion) really brightly coloured. I know Rick Walker does his beardies outside and he consistently has many bright red beardies. I know genetics plays a big role but I wonder how much environmental conditions play out in developing colours? If anyone has done any comparative tests I'd love to hear about them.
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    It would be interesting to test just to rule it either in or out, it would have to be either a split clutch or at least clutches from the same parents.
    If you're selecting your breeders based on colour though, you could be naturally trending toward more and more colour in the offspring.

    Things we do know though:
    There are plenty of grey/brown beardies in the wild that have been in full sun all their lives.
    In the hobby, some hatchies (or even full clutches) pop out of the egg with lots of colour, having never been exposed to any light.
    There appears to be more and more colour in the hobby year after year due to selective breeding of coloured beardies.

    Very nice beardies by the way.

    Are you able to share any pictures of your outdoor enclosure?

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    After purchasing dragons from Rick and keeping them under artificial light I can only concur with the anecdotal claims that the sun is better.

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    Just to add to the confusion, dragons raised under artificial light will often show much brighter colouration when exposed to natural sunlight for an hour or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearded Penguin View Post
    Just to add to the confusion, dragons raised under artificial light will often show much brighter colouration when exposed to natural sunlight for an hour or so.
    I'd believe this--when I sit with my dragon out in the sun, after about 30 min she looks like she's got a light source insider, she's such a bright yellow.

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