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How old is your Dragon?
Has the weather started getting cooler where you live?
Do you have a UVB light? How old? Tube or coil bulb?
Temps? how measured?
Im not too sure as of the age goes but he is about 7in long from head to tip of his tale. The weather here has started to change alot as far as the Temps goes. By that I mean it's getting cooler. I do have a coil UVB light and I just got it about a week and a half ago. Im not too sure as of what you mean by substrate type but I just recently put fine play sand in the cage (November 01). In the mornings I give him three blueberries, three baby spinach leaves and this is all finely chopped. I put it all in his little dish. He doesn't even touch it. Okay, maybe an hour later I try to give him five large mealworms and five crickets but he only eats maybe one of each. So far I have been dusting the live food every other day. The temperature at the basking spot is on average 88F and at the most 90F. On the cool side its on average 68F and at the most 75F.
The sand can be a big issue as it can cause impactions, corneal ulcers and skin problems. The next issue is the temps are way too low. The temperture should be at 115*F in the basking area. If the temps are too low your drgon will shut down. The Coil UVB is dangerous to the eyes, at it can cause Photo Kerato Conjunctivitis, which is very painful for your little one. The diet needs some major improvement. Spinach binds calcium and is a no no to feed. The Dragon should be having collards, mustards, escarole, curly endives, dandelion greens, butternut squash, and chopped berries for a treat. The feeders also should be crickets, silk worms, phoenix worms, roaches and tomatoe horned worms as treat. All food should be dusted with calcium powder 4 days a week and viatmins two days a week. I am going to give you my care sheet. Please read and open all links. Hit reply if you need follow up help. 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
So I guess thats why he is not eating alot. Your right I have noticed that his eyes are are shuting alot. The thing I want to ask is what kinda bulb should i get because i dont have the tube lighting fixer? I would hate to have to go out and buy that too.
A Tube type Reptisun 10.0 UVB that extends the length of the tank. You will need the fixture. The bulbs need to be replaced every 6 months. The UVB is very important. If you follow the care sheet, this should help keeping your Dragon healthy. Joan
See, thats the thing about it. I dont have a tube fixture for the tube lights. I only have a dome fixture for the bulbs and i was wanting to know if there was a bulb that wouldn't hurt his eyes?
You can replace the heat light and UVB by getting a Mercury Vapor Bulb that is self balasted. This type of light supplies heat and UVB light and does not have to be replaced. Here are some links: http://www.anapsid.org/mercuryvapor.html
The height may need to be adjusted for the amount heat. Please do not forget to accept the answer if it has been helpful and positive feedback will be welcomed. Joan