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Is this a make or female?
Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB? Type coil or tube? How old?
Area to locate a Herp Vet?
Temps and how measured?
not yet been sexed, its 5 months old.
acording to the reptile shop, the tank is big enough to house ie to full size.
it has a daylight strip on a 12 hour timer, and a basking lamp set at 32c, (thermostat controlled).
food bowl, water bowl, foliage, rocks, and half a hollowed out branch.
the substrate is wood chippings.
calcium powder sprinkled on food every other day.
We've had it 2 months, so everything is new.
And we are in Manchester. (UK)
Let me start you with my care sheet and then I can go over what may be happening with you. Please review the care sheet and then we can go over what can be done. 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
Thankyou for your care sheet.
I'm already doing lots of things on there.........But.....
He tries to bite! What can I do to help him calm down?
I dont want to keep trying to handle him when he's upset and agressive, because I dont want to cause him anymore stress.
Your Beardie is going through puberty. The actions you are seeing is common in this age and will last until about 8 months old. You have to continue to handle and work with him. This is a rebellious teenager. Use tongs to feed, and handle as much as possible. The more you show fear, the more problems you will have. Try bathing him at least once a day as that will have a calming effect. This is something you will have to take one day at a time. Joan