Have Reptile Care Questions? Ask a Reptile Vet for Answers ASAP
What type of supplements are you using?
Are the UVA and UVB bulbs separate?
How old is the UVB Bulb?
Are you using an overhead heat lamp?
What is the diet? Greens? Prye?
The beardie needs overheat lighting for basking. The heat mat does not offer the proper set up for the Beardie. The veggies are also no very good and may be binding the calcium that you are giving. I will give you may care sheet that should help. I would also like you to give the Beardie a nice soak in an Electrolyte replacer and water 50/50. This should with preventing dehydration. Joan
Bearded Dragon Care Sheet
1. 0-3 months- baby 2. 3-12 months-juvenile 3. 12-18 months- sub adult 4. 18 months + -adult
1. A UVB light source-best is 10.0 Reptisun that runs the length of your tank. Your dragon must have this light to metabolize calcium. If not he will get metabolic bone disease, a serious condition. You can also take your beardie outside to bask in the sun for 15 minutes each day if your temps are 80 degrees or above outside. You can purchase cages or reptariums from your pet store. Never leave a beardie outside unattended. 2. A basking type light that puts out heat and warmth above basking spot. Your beardie must have warmth to digest food & thrive.
Babies: Warm basking log: 105-125 degrees F Cool side: 85-90 Adults: Warm basking spot: 110-115 Cool side: 80-85 Measure temperatures with a digital probe type thermometer or a temp gun-these are most accurate. Stick on thermometers unreliable.
*Beardies over the age of one year old during the winter months will go into a Brumation like most Reptiles and Herps. It is a form of Hibermnation that is governed by the weather and time of year. The lights should be on a shoter period at this time. Fresh greens should be available during this period. Do not feed live pery during Brumation.
Water: Mist your little one with the spray bottle 3-4 times a day. You can also offer a small dish of water in your enclosure but be sure your dragon is not too small to drown in it. It is recommended that when your beardie is 2 months old you can bathe your baby in a small plastic container with warm water- not hot. It will help them to stay hydrated. As they get older you can move up to the bathroom sink and then to the bathtub. Very important for bath enclosure to be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed prior to bath time. Clean between dragons too if bathing more than one.
If you have any further questions feel free to ask. I like to start people off with proper husbandry and then see if I can further assist. Joan
http://www.repticzone.com/articles/fruitsandvegetablesrated.html This is for fruits and Vegetables
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3 calci sand
There is currently an overhead lamp for basking, as mentioned. I have used the same setup before, and it worked exceptionally well. I will try the eloctrolyte bath. It seems strange to me that the veggies are a problem, as I have fed them to my previous Dragons, which loved them, grew VERY well, and never had such problems. How sure are you that this is nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism?
If it is, what is the speediest remedy?
There are usually two reasons for the shaking that you have explained. The first is the begining of MBD metabolic Bone Disease. The other time we see the shaking in beardies is becasue of too much D3 in the dioet which can give the appearance of MBD or a neurological defict. I would include more plain claium into the diet. Certain veggetables can bind calcium, like spinach and kale for example. I have been doing Reptile rescue for over 10 + years, and even two of my own Beardies are 9 and 10 years old. I have found that most of the time we see this type of issue it is husbandry related or dietary issues. The other problem we see is related to parasites, that will bloom when there is a stress issue. I did include a dietary link for you in the post above that will give you a better idea on a good strond greens diet. I also like butterbut squash, hibiscus flowers and cactus pads and fruit. I think if you can regulate the diet and calcium intake you will find the problems will subside. Joan
Ah thanks. I appreciate the time you have taken. I will attempt all that you have suggested, but my main concern is getting good healthy foods into it when it's not eating!! I already considered the calcium thing, I prefer plain calcium, but was given the nutrobal, so thought i'd give it a try. Will throw it out and replace with t-rex calcium, which I trust.
Whats the prognosis if it is a parasite rather than the abovementioned? anyway of helping it then?
Is it possible that mealworms have been the problem? I have always fed with mealworms, and never had a problem. This time I have been pinching off the head of the worm so as to make it even safer for the baby. But its stopped eating them too!
I've got a few wax worms that I will dust, and try them.
With regards XXXXX XXXXX veg, i thought spinach, and cale and such were the bad ones. I'm a horticulturist, so i've grown organic gardens for dragons before. are there any herbs/veggies that could possible by more beneficial than others? I've heard that bok-choi, and mizuna are somewhat medicinal.
The problems with meal worms is the amount of Chitin(outer shell is hard to digest). They cannot chew through an animal. I like crickets, roaches and silkworms, for the prey. As far as a parasite, you can take a fecal in and have it tested by any Vet. If anything you will find pin worms and coccidia. Those are ever present in Dragons and can bloom understress. I would start with the diet and supplements and go from that point. If you can get some Royal Jelly(vitamin supplement for humans) it can be dusted over the food and will help with appetite and nutrition. Joan
Ok thanks for the help. Any way I can save these answers?
The answer will stay in the archieves or can copy and paste this to a blank word processor document and print it out for yourself. Joan