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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?
He has been eating crickets and meal worms every other day. On Tuesday he had 5 meal worms in the morning and 5 at night. He does not like greens.
Today he did not want to eat.
The light is UVV and a heat lamp which is on all day. we turn it off at night. We bought the lamp about one month ago with the pet.
He has been passing a stool.
I have been trying to locate an emergency vet but there is none available in my Area. Tamarac, FL.
What is exactly happening with your Dragon?
Can you tell me more about the UVB light? Is it a tube or does it look like a regular bulb?
Is it coiled?
Do you give an calcium or supplements?
What type of bedding do you use?
It is a Tube Light and the heat light is a regular bulb. I do not know if it is coiled.
We have not given him calcium or supplements.
The bedding is paper towels
The Dragon needs to have a daily calcium supplement in addition to having a UVB light. without the calcium the Dragon can have seizure activity. I would like you to give the dragon a soak in 1/2 warm water and 1/2 palin pedialyte as this will help with dehydration. You can take some calcium and mix in a baby food fruit or meat and drop on the snout and allow him to lick it. Dragons also carry a parasite load and if bthey get stressed, this can causethe parasites bloom and cause medical issues. I am going to give you a link for Herp Vets in the area as well as giving you my care sheet. If you have any other questions, please hit reply. We will try to help your Dragon. 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
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