Bearded Dragon, The Best Pet Reptile?


Well welcome everybody. We’re here today to
talk about the bearded dragon and you might be here because you saw our other
video about the five best pet reptiles. And you thought hey the bearded dragon
that might be for me. Well I’m glad you’re here. If you haven’t seen before
it’s right there so check it out. I love bearded dragons.
We have ranked the bearded dragon, already, as one of the five best pet
reptiles for a brand new reptile keeper. And we’ve given them an overall score of
3.8 out of 5. Which is actually a very high score. Maybe isn’t
what you want on a quiz in high school but the truth is any reptile you get is
going to have some pros and some cons. And you’ve got to decide, given the pros
and the cons, is this the right reptile for me. And I’m telling you the bearded
dragon is spectacular in oh so many ways. Our 5 criteria, upon which we decided
this overall score, are handleability, care, hardiness, availability … that finger doesn’t work …
and upfront costs. So let’s start with our first category handleability. For handleability we have given these animals a 4 out of 5. And
really really the only reason they didn’t get a 5 out of 5 is because
you’ve got to be careful that they don’t poop on you. Which, I mean, that could
be a big deal for some people. It’s kind of a big deal for me. I have learned
how to get around this and that is because bearded dragons come straight
from nature basically potty trained. If you give them a little bath before you
handle them they will do their business in there. You give them a little rinse
off no worries. But that is a serious concern and I don’t ever want it to
happen to me. It hasn’t happened yet – because I’m careful. Other than that
they’re just unbelievable. I mean you can see how they are they’re just happy to
just hang out with you. They like to be in the highest place they can get to. So
if you put them on your arm they’ll climb up on your shoulder they’ll hang
out – they’re good to go. I’ve been places before where I set a
bearded dragon on a table and it just sat there for an hour, hour and a half,
during a class or or a seminar and just looked at people. And just looked around.
And for a while people like “is that real” and then it turns its head and they just
“whoa!” It’s the coolest thing they’ve ever seen in their lives – they love him.
They’re unlikely to bite you. I have accidentally been nipped as part of a
feeding response by a bearded dragon but I’ve never been bitten by a dragon
while I was holding it. They’re unlikely to scratch you, I mean superficial little
cuts. They do have nails but they’re not gonna break the skin or anything you’re
not gonna bleed because they scratched you. Something I adore about the Agamid
lizards, which are the group that the bearded dragons belong to, is that they
don’t lose their tails! I love that they don’t lose their tails! It’s the greatest
thing ever that a lizard could have as an attribute is it doesn’t drop its tail!
Because it’s the scariest thing in the world when they might. And you don’t have
to worry about that with a bearded dragon. A bearded dragon is no more
likely to lose its tail than your cat is. Additionally they’re big enough that
they can handle a little bit of rough handling. Not too rough, you always want
to be careful with them. But you can hand them to a relatively small child and as
long as they’re well supervised you make sure they’re not going to drop them or
kick them or squeeze them really hard something like that. With normal handling
they’re just gonna do great and they’re gonna be mellow and they’re gonna hang
out. I adore bearded dragon – you can tell.
When it comes to care we give them a 3 out of 5. There are actually a
lot of drawbacks to bearded dragon care. One of them, and a big one, is that their
diet is somewhat complex. These guys are omnivores, which means they meat and
plants and they need a lot of variety when it comes to meat and plants. So
you’re gonna need various different kinds of insect feeders – which could mean
things like dubia roaches, crickets, superworms and we’ve actually got links to
where you can get those things down in the [description]. You can find them
relatively affordably. I buy them in bulk online – I didn’t have to start doing
that until I started keeping bearded dragons because man they can go through
the insects. You’re also gonna need really good plants and a variety of them.
Things like mustard greens, collard greens, kale. These things are excellent.
Baby spring mix can be very good for them. Try to avoid things like spinach
and broccoli which bind calcium you don’t need to stress too much about why
but don’t give them these sorts of plants and just research – there are a
million places online. They’re going to need calcium supplements and other
vitamin supplements in addition to the variety of both insect feeders and
plants. They need to be kept at relatively high temperatures and you’re
gonna achieve this with basking lights. You need an ambient temperature of you
know 78 to 80 degrees with a basking area 90 to 100 degrees.
And then in addition to just heat, they also need UV bulbs. UVB is very
important to them. They’re going to need this UV exposure and those lamps
can be fairly expensive – we’ll get to that later. But that is something you’re
going to need to keep up with. You’re gonna need to replace that bulb every
six months to a year. Also, a common complaint about bearded dragons is that
they can be kind of stinky and I will be honest – they have a distinct bearded
dragon-ly aroma. It’s not necessarily a terrible smell but you usually can tell
at least when you walk into a room that this is a room that has had bearded
dragons in it recently. When it comes to hardiness, we’re giving these guys a 4
out of 5 and that’s a that’s a high score. They are a very hardy animal. They
can tolerate a lot of little mistakes. One of the easiest ways to kill them
would be to get them too cold for a long time or way way hot. You know, that
can be one of the the hard things about needing a really hot basking area is
it’s hard to achieve a really hot basking area in a very small enclosure.
So they need a fairly large enclosure so that they can have a good temperature
gradient. So they can decide what temperature do I want to be at and you
don’t accidentally cook your lizard. If you’re not giving them UVB radiation
from a UV light source. If you’re not giving them things like calcium
powder then you’re going to run the risk of them getting metabolic bone disease –
which can kill them off, not as quickly as heat or cold but fairly quickly. When
it comes to availability these guys are everywhere – we give them a 5 out of 5. You
go into a pet shop that sells reptiles they sell bearded dragons guaranteed. If
not they’re out and they will have more next week. What would be better would be
to go to a breeder and there are lots of breeders because bearded dragons are
easy to breed. This one here she’s got kind of the traditional bearded dragon
coloration and texture. Bearded dragons are a little bit spiky in nature, but not
always. This one’s got a smooth back it’s called a leatherback. And there are all
kinds of different texture and color morphs out there for bearded dragons. So
if you’re willing to look a little bit you can find some really neat looking
bearded dragons. The last thing is upfront cost. We give them a score of
3 out of 5. And this really, I mean the reason they don’t get a 5 out of 5
comes exclusively to their enclosure. The cost
of a bearded dragon is very very reasonable. You can pick up a bearded
dragon very cheap and for this reason a lot of people buy them and then they
don’t how is them appropriately. Housing is going to be essential if you want a
happy long-lived bearded dragon. They need a fairly large enclosure and fairly
expensive lighting. These are going to be your big expensive upfront costs. Once
you’ve paid for that, you’re still going to need to replace that bulb
periodically. Food gets kind of expensive for them. So they can be an expensive pet
but they are very very rewarding. Really excellent. For something with as much
personality as they have, that is handleable and hardy and just fun as a
bearded dragon – they’re hard to beat for any price. Once again, our overall score
for the bearded dragon is 3.8 out of 5. And we are so grateful
that you’ve been here. If you think the bearded dragon is for you let us know. As
always: like and subscribe. We can’t wait to see you again and we hope to see you
real soon! [Go.] That’s not the word. [Action!] With a working hand. One more time
with my hand that works right.

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100 Responses

  1. gabriela rath says:

    My bearded dragon has pooped on me and it wasn’t very pleasant… I’ve been pooped and peed on by a baby and a rabbit, but bearded dragon was by far the worst

  2. ChrisAllGod says:

    The worst thing about them is their defecation every chance mine gets he will take a dump outside of his cage so I strategically pick my times and give him a bath so I can play with him

  3. nick svaluto says:

    Clint, if I was to consider this lizard. I was wondering if I was to stick the Enclosure by a door wall would would that cover uv requirements

  4. Plushmaker Nihilego says:

    My rating:
    Handing: 4.8
    Care: 4.9 you can go to some stores and get best deals on basking light in Home Depot.
    Harddenes: 4.6
    Availability: 5
    Cost: 4.3 get the babies it cost less

  5. BBD Nd LSD says:

    Oh so this is what happened to the copy of the doctor

  6. Ranet Uusmets says:

    Not in Estonia i cant find then

  7. The_grim_reaper says:

    I got my bearded dragon because of you 👍

  8. Max Burka says:

    Man oh man do I miss my Beardie. Such a great pet

  9. Cynic The Hedgehog says:

    Beardie is the only lizard I’ve ever cared for, alongside a ferret, the both of which were pets owned by my former roommate. And they are super chill, if not mildly boring.

  10. PvM Destroyer says:

    I’d give more of a 3/5 on handling their claws leave a bunch of scratches at least mine does and it breaks skin

  11. Alexandra Ruel says:

    I got my beardie off of Craig's list for an upfront cost of $100 for everything. She was completely healthy and happy. I would definitely recommend!

  12. Imaybewrong _butidoubtit says:

    I am an animal fanatic in general, but after getting my first beardie, I have gained an even better appreciation for reptiles, and tomorrow I will be trying to convince my mom to let me get a corn snake (she's afraid of snakes). I have already got the information I need (thx to your video and a friend of mine who has one) and I have the enclosure I'd need (from a previously housed beardie who was moved to a bigger tank) so now I'll I need is the approval, which with the help from a little psychology mixed with my fantastic convincing and negotiating skills, I'm sure I can win her over. 😊

  13. Zena O'Brien says:

    Omg, they're so cute <3 I love how they can climb all over you and are just chill about it.

  14. Meghan Picard says:

    I recently got my first beardie. I quickly learned about the lighting and food costs lol. Its 100% worth the trouble. Shes one of the coolest pets I've ever owned!

  15. Sarah Mohr says:

    I adopted an adult bearded dragon with extreme mbd. He can't hold his own weight and he can't lift his head. I've been working with him for two months and now he can scoot around and get onto his hamic. The previous owners had him for 3 years and didn't have any carpeting or heating bulbs. They were going to put him down if it weren't for me… He is doing a lot better and that's all I can ask for. Yes mbd can't be reversed but he can get stronger. A little love goes a long way 💗
    I love your videos! You are the person who got me into reptile research and love.

  16. x vicious says:

    Dear Clint, you are probably not going to see this but I have an about 5 month old beardie but he is very mean. I try to pick him up but he bites me on purpose. When I stick my hand in his cage to do anything he opens his mouth and puffs out his beard. I just thought I would comment this and see what you say.

  17. Ashley W says:

    What's worse a bearded dragon poo on you or a 8 foot board popping on you lol my boa had done it while I was holding him and walking around with him in my neighborhood lol it wasn't nice at all lol

  18. 21'st Century Digital Boy says:

    One of the calmest lizards I've ever had. All around good guys. I recommend a bioactive enclosure to remedy the smell issue.

  19. JayDream Animations says:

    Not all bearded dragons are nice guys you can get bad ones anything with a mouth can bite and will be harmful.

  20. why am I a tree says:

    My bearded dragon is obsessed with hair and especially ponytails I don't know why but he is

  21. Wreck Wrack says:

    I'd like to add that Locusts are fantastic for feeding. Cheaper than dubias, slightly more expensive than crickets but way better nutritionally for beardies. I'd recommend them if you don't like the idea of breeding dubias.

  22. KinsleyIsAwsome k says:

    I’m really good with reptiles and you taught me things I did not know! Ty 🙂

  23. kpritch 238 says:

    What do u think a monthly price on food is per month or so for a good diet for an adult?

  24. Ryan Hammond says:

    i dunno about everyone else, but my bearded dragon literally doesn't smell at all, only when he goes to the toilet

  25. Angelica Lewis says:

    …. Bro

  26. Layla J says:

    I have a 3 year old bearded dragon and it mades me bleed with its nails.

  27. THE FROGFAM says:

    Whenever I'm thinking of getting another reptile I come to this channel cause you have the best care videos

  28. Haruki Kino says:

    My husband and i lost our bearded dragon Ray of almost 7 years yesterday 😢 suddenly and in a sad way and i wanted to share with people how to hopefully help others from losing a loved one. Our little man never once puffed up or black bearded us and he never ran away or hurt us he was the sweetest thing he only tried to snuggle up and lick us 😢 we never had any health issues prior to the last week and the issues we thought he was having was impaction but its turns out he had fluid in his body cavity (it was there a long time we always thought it was fat and so did his vet prior to his xray) and that fluid collapsed his lung 😢 suddenly we had about 3 days notice and the only notice we got was a strange twiching we saw one day on his side and that he stopped pooping and he stopped eating we didnt notice a behavior change or a black beard 😢. Please if your beardy looks chunky and it hangs down a little like liquid have him xrayed or you may lose your loved one…ray meant the world to us we have cried non stop since yesterday please dont make our mistake just take your beardy to the vet spend the 100-150 for an xray over losing a family member 😢 we love you so so so much ray we are sorry we didnt know

  29. The_grim_reaper says:

    I got mine because of you you I love it he is so cute

  30. Andy's Outdoor Adventure's says:

    You do this about every reptile😂😂 not being rude, im just saying, i oove your channel

  31. Clayton Colston says:

    You are the only person I can trust on YouTube about reptiles

  32. Mushu my man says:

    I would rate them like this:
    Handling is a 5
    Care is a 3
    Hardiness is a 4
    Availability is a 5
    Upfront cost is 3
    An overall score of 4

  33. Claire Ryan says:

    We have a bearded dragon and we love him he loves to look out the window

  34. Chrissy Lowe says:

    I love my breaded dragon he loves cuddling and being with me

  35. Brayden Betta’s says:

    4:55 what did you just say is what that dragon would have said

  36. Dar Candelaria says:

    Are the different textures of the bearded dragons make them have different character? for example I have a smooth coat mini dachshund and they're known to be more high energy compared to the long hair mini dachshund. I know it sounds silly because I'm talking about dogs but I'm wondering if it's the same with lizards 😂

  37. Teddy beast Ftw says:

    I actually own a bearded dragon and she is the best. Yes she has pooped on me a bit but that would really be the only con for her. She is only two months old but amazing

  38. taz200032 says:

    I love watching your videos they are so informative.

  39. Amaya Ells says:

    I know the Beardies the rest of the world gets are the Central Beardies (Pogona vitticeps). Due to policies in Australia I am getting and Eastern Beardie (Pogona barbata) does anyone know how they might differ?

  40. Natalie Browne says:

    Im planning on getting a beardie for Christmas i'm obsesed with them right now. i made my own care sheet and it was so fun.
    Dont worry i'm doing my research.

  41. Megan Nicole Sylvia says:

    Be careful about buying them from pet stores because I bought a bearded dragon that got MBD while in the pet store. I recommend a breederz

  42. THE BAM FAM says:

    🔥 content, 😠 ✊!

  43. Brodie says:

    4:50 ''Mentions Bearded Dragons may have a slight aroma'' Bearded dragon raises head as if to say ''Human, I have to put up with YOUR odor too!'' Hahahah Beardies are so adorable. Great video!

  44. Daniel Bernardo says:

    all reptiles are the best reptiles

  45. Jonathan Boram says:

    I miss my little bearded dragon. I bought one after doing a lot of research when I was a kid. Unfortunately after taking him to a vet we found out he had parasites already when we bought him. After weeks of giving him medicine with a syringe he was doing better, but we just couldn't get him healthy. We ended up giving him to the vet because it was taking so much time, and costing so much in medicine and vet appointments. He is alive and thriving now at the vets office. Maybe one of these days I'll get another dragon, I'll just be more careful about where I get it from.

  46. 20Nick Ponce De Leon says:

    Does anyone know what to do when your baby bearded dragons stomach has black circles on it

  47. CANDACE ANDERSON says:

    Hello! I was wondering if you would consider maybe making some tank set up videos? you’re so honest and very informative I would definitely trust your advice on tank set up for different reptiles. have a good day. 🙂

  48. D N says:

    My bearded dragon is loved and tooken care of but you don't need to do all these extras they adapt to anything, I've only used uva basking light no uvb never heard of it, I've had him for seven months still sheds and everything, but uvb don't really need, I use zoo med repti basking lamp and my boy healthy

  49. Josh The Weirdo says:

    I love your videos. What do you think of toads as pets? I love those bumpy amphibians.

  50. lizardjoe xx says:

    My bearded dragons claws always cut me open

  51. Hokage Senju says:

    My dragon only poops outside idk why but she does and it’s the best never have to clean her tank also mine never smells so I’d wouldn’t say they all stink

  52. Brian Cooper says:

    the yellow bearded dragon may have yellow fungus you might want to check that out

  53. Nixinusa11 says:

    My dragon does not smell… She poops in a shallow bath every other day during my lunch time. I only have to clean her enclosure after she sheds, when there is shed skin everywhere.

  54. Jubilee Gonzalez says:

    I miss me and my bfs beardie, we rehomed her because his mom didnt like that they smell so strong and the crickets we kept for it were even worse and noisey. She is the sweetest beardie on earth PERIODT!! I made sure the home we gave her to was well informed about care and how much time and dedication it takes and they seemed v v determined to give her only the very best. I literally cried at repticon when i saw a beardie that looked like our old one because i miss her so much, she loved cuddling with us in bed and hung out with us on the daily, even got annoyed when we’d leave her in her terrarium for our own time to ourselves lmfaooo bearded dragons are such loving pets i really didnt expect them to become to attached to us. When we gave her away she looked so scared and nervous, she was flattening up and was so dark then after letting the new owner handle her for a bit she started to brighten up again and lick and climb all over her, im so happy shes safe and her new family lets us ask for updates to make sure shes healthy and happy (: miss you lizzy McGuire (yes were lame af for naming our lizard lizzy McGuire LOL)

  55. noa oranim says:

    Watched this video in my way to pick up my new beardie 👍👍👍

  56. Gman Veis says:

    Just wanted to add – beardies are from arid climates (Australian deserts) – so if you live in a humid area – I'd recommend a dehumidifier.

  57. greenzilla 316 says:

    The bearded dragon is right for me and the stinkpot turtle

  58. Farmer Frank says:

    Can they be used in a community terrarium with other lizards though

  59. April Laguardia says:

    Omg because of your video my dad agreed to me buying one I am so excited I am a reptile lover! Do you guys have any for sale?

  60. April Laguardia says:

    I would prefer rescuing one ☺

  61. Aerodil says:

    What about the secret toad headed agama? I hope Clint can do a summary on them.

  62. outcast5 says:

    1:12 Handleability
    3:14 Care
    5:10 Hardiness
    6:03 Availability
    6:40 Upfront Cost

  63. SuperOj says:

    I have a three month old beardie. he does not like to eat chollard greens. any tips?

  64. Daul Penino says:

    Do Mini Bearded Dragons exist??

  65. Vince Nastoski says:

    1 love bearded dragens

  66. heroifacation says:

    My bearded dragon has bitten me once. I didnt expect it to hurt. it hurt more than i expected but overall it was like a paper cut.

  67. Ollie Wilson says:

    I was so scared when I got one he wasn’t eating so I was sososososos worried 😦 (put them in front of a mirror!)

  68. David Isa says:

    The hognose snake will strike you with their nose, flatten their heads, play dead and if they naw on you your finger will swell up because they're venomous. 5 stars for handleability.

    Bearded Dragon might poop on you. 4 stars for handleability.

    Hmm

  69. Oluf Martinius Brand says:

    Hello Clint! I have a question related to bearded dragons. Do they have a problem with conifers in there Terraria? A lot of people have opinion about this, that you should not have any kind of conifers in the tank because It release a gas that can be toxic in the long term for the bearded dragon. I can't find any documented information about this. I have a bearded dragon and in my tank and it is decorate with a plant that has the botanical name Junipetus communist. It is only fair and I want to take it out it is harmful for him but I don't want to ruin my whole Terraria on some possible that people think they know about. I hope you had the time to enlighten this mystery for me and hopefully for other people also. Thank you very much! love you videos by the way! Huge fan! Of you and the whole crew!

  70. Animal Addiction says:

    Haha I have a savannah monitor and as a kid I walk in to petco after watching this and hearing fairly cheap look at the tag of a beardie and it says large bearded dragon 100 dollars… its tiny in comparison to my savannah and its twice the price haha

  71. Greenmanbacchus says:

    2:40 https://m.petmd.com/reptile/care/evr_rp_lizard-tail-loss " Most, but not all, lizards have the ability to "drop" their tails. According to Margaret Wissman, DVM, avian and exotic veterinary consultant, reptiles such as green iguanas and bearded dragons will drop and regrow their tails, while others, such as crested geckos, can lose their tails but will not regrow them. Hmmm…

  72. zellcrs says:

    getting into 4s is so hard even a beardie isn't there, I also do not agree about the smell thing, mine has had zero smell since I got him, because I clean up his poop (which is the only smell they emit)

  73. Darian Frisbee says:

    I had just recently got a baby bearded dragon with a starter kit that came with a light bulb. I was just wondering for a baby what watt light bulb should I get when this one goes out? (he is currently in a 20-gallon tank).

  74. Ryan Pumpkin says:

    I love my bearded dragon! ❤

  75. Brianna says:

    I found this channel last week and I plan on watching every single video

  76. Bman Z says:

    They have the worst smell in an enclosure. Their poop stinks. I don't own one but everyone who I know that does agrees, they stink.

  77. Miguel Angel Rangel says:

    Damn, dragons are too difficult to keep, last time, Tiamat ate the druid (rip), and Bahamut doesn't like to leave his lair… Wait, are we talking about the same dragons?

    Jk 😛 (anyway, you're welcome for the name ideas, have a nice life)

  78. LizardMan says:

    Do yourself a favor. DON'T GET A DUNNER. I have had 2. They both died before 5 months old. The cause of death was crushed organs. The organs grew too big for the body crushing them. Dunner is when the scales are backwards. Now I have a tiger and a crimson red tiger. The tiger is the perfect bearded Dragon. Also another tip don't rest a bright colored hat on your finger. One of them gave me a cut when he tried to eat my hat which was on my hand.

  79. ang d says:

    I’ve never experienced a smell from my bearded dragon? I bathe her weekly and wipe her butt after she poops to make sure she is clean.

  80. DistinctEmerald says:

    Hey clint, i dunno if you would see this comment but if i have questions about bearded dragons would i be able to ask you?

  81. knighty boi91 says:

    does the bottem yellow beardie have MBB

  82. Mae Almonte says:

    Got a hypo leatherback yesterday and this video was absolutely fantastic when I was looking up care info months back! Thanks Clint!

  83. dontlikemath -.- says:

    Live must be so much nicer as a bearded dragon. Sitting around under a warm lamp, being able to eat stuff with your tongue, climbing around, not having to worry about money..

  84. Elise Hill says:

    he looks so happy with his lizards 😀

  85. eagleeyedpsycho says:

    which type of bearded dragon are best suited as pet? i like the pogona .

  86. Katie 3316 says:

    Hello! I love your channel and I had a question. I was thinking of putting sand in my baby bearded dragons tank because he seems to want to burrow. But I’ve been reading its bad for them because they will eat it. What could I use instead or is there any safe sand? I’m currently paper towels at the bottom of his tank.

  87. Random AI says:

    my little bro was terrified of my beardie after he watched holes. is was the most peaceful 3 days of my life

  88. raj says:

    Y poop is toxic ??? Cause my birds yea they poop on my cloths but its nothing so serious i wash my cloths in machine and its good

  89. d Rohsga b says:

    I want a lizard that would spend time would me. Should I get a leopard gecko or a bearded dragon?

  90. John Patterson says:

    Bearded Dragon is the Guinea Pig of reptiles

  91. Heyo Myst says:

    I've heard panda dragons are just as chill as these guys. Super cool lizard! Born green, but change to black and white as they grow up and they GROW

  92. afranz112 says:

    I recently adopted a bearded dragon from a friend who rescued the lizard from a neglected home. Shes fairly anxious as a result. She seems to get really stressed out with a substrate in her enclosure. My friend said he never gave put substrate in her enclosure as a result. Is this ok? Should I keep doing this? The bottom of her enclosure is lined with tiles. Otherwise she is fine, eats well, doesnt bother being held, doesnt hide all day, basks consistently.

  93. jake condon says:

    I need help I got a bearded dragon it was perfectly normal but recently has been randomly aggressive need tips please

  94. Jessie Hydro says:

    My guy poops every morning. I come home, give him a bath and he’s good to go for the rest of the day. Don’t stink and doesn’t poop thereafter.

  95. Alejandro Aragon Tan says:

    Clint looks like he is being held hostage

  96. Dyspteris abortivaria says:

    I have a BD and he doesn't smell bad. He smells a bit like warm sand if anything. I do make sure that no poop is ever left to dry in his enclosure, that may help.

  97. 10FireZz says:

    I'm looking to get a beardie but can't decide whether to get a baby or adult one, I have owned a corn snake previously so I have some experience. Could I please get some feedback into which age I should get.

  98. RIley SMith says:

    My beardie pooped on me 🦖💨 💩

  99. Hobby 171 says:

    I’m buying a 40 gallon for a. Baby dragon, will that be large enough?

  100. Dennis Young says:

    Lizard belches fire…

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