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    So...how many 'babies' to get??

    I'm a newbie, still setting up my enclosure etc. From what I can tell, does everyone here only have one beardie in their enclosure? I'd like to get two, as having one kinda seems lonely. I'm not interested in breeding, so I was thinking getting two females, but that's a gamble because sexing is very difficult, if not impossible at the 'baby' juvenile stage. What if I end up with two males??? The last thing I want is a fight and aggressive behaviour towards each other. So what do I do? Just buy one, raise it for a year or so, and hope it's a female? Then buy another juvenile and raise it for another year until it can be sexed? If I do that, will the older beardie be hostile or territorial to the younger one??
    Any thoughts and/or advice??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    I'm a newbie, still setting up my enclosure etc. From what I can tell, does everyone here only have one beardie in their enclosure? I'd like to get two, as having one kinda seems lonely. I'm not interested in breeding, so I was thinking getting two females, but that's a gamble because sexing is very difficult, if not impossible at the 'baby' juvenile stage. What if I end up with two males??? The last thing I want is a fight and aggressive behaviour towards each other. So what do I do? Just buy one, raise it for a year or so, and hope it's a female? Then buy another juvenile and raise it for another year until it can be sexed? If I do that, will the older beardie be hostile or territorial to the younger one??
    Any thoughts and/or advice??

    cheers
    In the wild beardeds are solitary creatures, as such until its time for mating, they live alone. So don't put a second one in there for its sake, only do it if you truly want to for yourself. You do open it up to possible complications, one dominating the other over food and basking spots.

    Getting one, learning with that one, then 12 months down the track get a 1 year old one to add to the enclosure is probably your best bet. Adding a juvenile to an older, larger dragon isn't a good idea. This way, you are also confident in their sex

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    As Dave said dragons are not social creatures, they don't want/need company like humans,other mammals or birds either.They only come together to mate or fight.I have several dragons but all live in isolation
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    So, if I put two females together, will one try to dominate the other? Or, if I put one male and one female together, will they live in harmony? I know two males is not a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    So, if I put two females together, will one try to dominate the other? Or, if I put one male and one female together, will they live in harmony? I know two males is not a good idea.
    Too hard to say, they all have their own personalities.
    To give you an idea, I had three water dragons, one of the three was considerably smaller than the other two and as such got less of a feed. Started to get picked on, as in the wild it's survival of the fittest. He found a new home.

    Of the remaining two, one took on the dominating role, and the other become withdrawn. The dominator found a new home.

    The remaining was a female, and within a month, her colour became vibrant, she became sociable, took to handling, and in general was in better health.

    They really are solitary creatures

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisturbedDave View Post
    Too hard to say, they all have their own personalities.
    To give you an idea, I had three water dragons, one of the three was considerably smaller than the other two and as such got less of a feed. Started to get picked on, as in the wild it's survival of the fittest. He found a new home.

    Of the remaining two, one took on the dominating role, and the other become withdrawn. The dominator found a new home.

    The remaining was a female, and within a month, her colour became vibrant, she became sociable, took to handling, and in general was in better health.

    They really are solitary creatures

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    it really makes a difference when you separate them,little critters that struggle seem to come to life when in solitary,I have seen it happen dozens of times
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    it really makes a difference when you separate them,little critters that struggle seem to come to life when in solitary,I have seen it happen dozens of times
    Exactly why I've opted to go solo this time, hopefully he comes out of his shell soon

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    So the last two were both females??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    So the last two were both females??
    Sure were

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    Oh well, I guess that settles it. When the time comes, I'll get just one 'baby' and raise it until I can sex it. Then maybe get an opposite sex of the same age. Will that be OK?

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