Common names: Rankin's Dragon
Size: 25-30cm is average
Age: Up to 10 years.
Difficulty: Low, they make great pets due to small size and easy husbandry.
Temperature: Ambient of 75-90°F, with a basking spot of 105-110°F.
Humidity: Low. Water needs to be changed everyday.
Housing: 90x45x45 (3ft) wooden vivarium is perfectly adequate for an adult Rankin's Dragon.
Heating: Wooden vivariums or similar housing should be space heated using bulbs, ceramic heaters or heat plates.
The three most important things to remember when heating any enclosure are:
Lighting: 10-12% UVB
Substrate: Desert Bedding is a widely used medium for keeping Rankin's Dragons on. However desert sand and wood chip can also be used. Unprinted newspaper is perfect as hygienic flooring, although it does need to be changed quite regularly.
Diet: Locusts, crickets, mealworms, fresh greens, occasionally wax worms.
Natural Distribution: Central Australia.
Things to note: Rankin's Dragons are incredibly similar to Bearded Dragons. The main difference being the size. As a result, Rankin's Dragons are very affordable as they require less food, and a smaller vivarium is cheaper to light and heat.