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How cold did it get last night?
Can you tell me about your set up?
How do youmeasure the temps?
Are you using a UVBlight? How old? Type coil or tube type?
We need to get the tank warmed up to a toasty 110*F. To warm him up we can use a nice warm soak (not hot) of warm water 50/50 to plain pedialyte. The Dragons absorb fluids through the vent area and this should help warm him up in a safe way. Once the dragon has soaked for about 20-30 mins dry it off and place in the nice warm tank in the basking area. Reptiles will shut down when temps drop. I live in fla and when the temps Drop we have Iguanas falling out of trees. I am going to give you my care sheet to help you set up for your Dragon inside. 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 Hibernation that is governed by the weather and time of year. The lights should be on a shorter period at this time. Fresh greens should be available during this period. Do not feed live prey 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. http://www.repticzone.com/articles/fruitsandvegetablesrated.html This is for fruits and Vegetables
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3 calci sand
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
just so you know, he died. unfortunately, this all happened when we had our RV all packed up and were pulling away for the holiday vacation. I had to have my neighbor come over and do the warm bath. I am riding in the car trying to figuer out what to do and my boyfriend is blasting the music totaling ignoring the situation.
I have learned a valuable lesson, don't trust my boyfriend and read up myself on taking care of an animal i have not had before. I thought he knew because he had this animal before. I was keeping it's cage clean (because he won't) and figured he knew what was going on.
I don't know that he died from the cold. He had been acting wierd a few days ago. When I got up in the morning, he appeared to still be sleeping which is unusual. I mentioned it to the boyfriend and he said he was okay. Of he was in Brumination, we were still feeding him live things. We had never feed him greens. Wow, there was a lot more care than I realized in reading your post above.
Thanks for all your help.
I am so sorry for the loss. many times these animals come from pet shops who are more interested in sell the supplies rather than giving the proper care for the pets. Please accept my condolences for the loss! Joan