Have Reptile Care Questions? Ask a Reptile Vet for Answers ASAP
How old is your Dragon?
Is the Dragon eating?
Is the weather getting colder where you live?
Can you tell me about your set up?
Temps and how measured?
UVB Bulb? How old, Type coil or tube?
How old is your Dragon? about 3
Is the Dragon eating? less than usual
Is the weather getting colder where you live? yes
Can you tell me about your set up? large aquarium, 1 bright white bulb, 1 red bulb, 1 purple night bulb, plus the "sun" bulb; cool area in the middle, place for her to climb
Diet Prey/Veggies? fresh greens daily, worms from pet store a few times per week
Temps and how measured? my son keeps an eye on it; theres a thermometer on tank
Substrate? fake green grass turf type
Supplements? occasional calcium powder, vitamins, worms are gut loaded
UVB Bulb? How old, Type coil or tube? tube I guess, never been replaced
There are a couple of reasons for not passing stool. One he is getting ready to go down for the big sleep called brumation.
But it is normal for a Dragon over the age of 1 year not to pass stool every day or even every week. He may have a blockage from the outer shell (Chitin) from the worms. We can try some first aid to get things moving. You can try feeding some Canned Pumpkin which is a natural fiber and see if that gets things moving or since he is eating you can try dipping a super worm in some Mineral Oil and feed it. Once you do that get him into a warm bath and and massage the abdomen. Keep him in the soak for 20-30 mins. This should help him pass some stool. YOu need to change your UVB bulb every 6 months as they loose potency. As for a calicum supplement it should be given 4 days a week on the Veggies or Prey and a vitamin 2 days a week. I am going to give you my care sheet, for you to read, It has a lot of great information. 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