Have Reptile Care Questions? Ask a Reptile Vet for Answers ASAP
Hello and Happy New Year,
Can you tell me about the set up?
Are you sure of the sex?
Heat source and temp?
UVB light? How old? Type coil or tube?
The first issue that you have is the Calci Sand. It is sold as a safe substrate, but is actually deadly to reptiles. I will give you a linksf or the two most deadly substrates:
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3 calci sand
I suspect your Dragon may be getting blocked from the sand substrate which would account for the lack of stool. It actually takes 7 years for the sand to completely move through the system. We can try some first aid to get the stool going. Please put your Dragon in a solution of 50/50 warm water and plain pedialyte. While in the soak please gently massage the abdomen. This should stimulate the passing of stool.The diet should not be Butter worms as that is like feeding candy. The silkworms, crickets, phoenix worms and roaches are a great staple prey. You can also add some butternut squash to the diet.
UVB light should be changed every 6 months as it looses potency, and UVB cannot penetrate glass as it is filtered. I am going to give you my care sheet and also a link to sexing the dragons, as your boy may be a girl since the digging you have described. 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
Sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
Pet shops give information to sell a product. As you can see from the links the result of ingestion of the sand, I suggest cage carpet, tile, paper, or non stick shelf liner for a solid substrate. The sand builds up over time in the intestinal tract and becomes like concrete when ingested. Cage carpet sells for about $5.00 ,but the sand sells for about $8.00+ a bag and takes about 5 bags. It is all about the money. The soak should help the stool pass. If he is not eating you can try to mix some meat flavord baby food with calcium and drop on the snout and allow the Dragon to lick it off. If the Dragon is eating, you can dip a super worm in some Mineral oil and feed it and then put him in the bath and get him swimming. The swimming and mineral oil should get things moving and promote a pooh. Joan
You can always open the question so bookmark this page. Hopefully we can get a bowel movement without any mineral oil. I would prefer you see the Herp Vet rather than give it, because it can be aspirated into the lungs and also can cause diarrhea. The baby food can be given in small increments throughout the day. The Pedialyte and warm water will be absorbed through the Vent area to prevent dehydration, so you do not have to give the Pedialyte orally. I am going to give you a link for Herp Vets in Canada: http://www.triciaswaterdragon.com/canrepvt.htm If he does not start eating and pass stool by Monday I would get him into the Her Vet as another issue may be a parasite issue. This way the Herp vet can test for those as well. I did not mean to scare you, but seeing is believing when it comes to loose substrates. I have fought with Pets shops over the sand and have been on the phone with Corporate offices of Petco about it. Please let me know if he passes a stool after the soak. Have him swim too as it helps things move. Joan
The Vet visit should be about $65.00-$75.00. I prefer to not get water in the ear holes, but my Dragons will dive under the water and swim like an alligator, when I put them in the tub. I look forward to the progress and hope we can get your Dragon back on track. Joan
Is she starts getting anxious and starts digging, she may lay eggs. Dragons will lay eggs without a male being present. If that happens, let me know and I will walk you through it. You most likely had seen sand in with the stool. It will come through.
My diet is AM collard greens, mustard greens escarole, curly endives and Butternut squash and some assoted berries for treats. In the aftenoon I feed silkworms, Phoenix worms, crickets or roaches. I dust all prey with calcium as well as the Veggies 4 days a week and the Vitamins 2 days a week. As you can see when I tell you something it is always for the good of the animal and the owners education. You can always ask for me or reply here. Joan
It is hard sometimes and I have seen many mistakes. You can bathe daily in the 50/50 mixture, rather than leaving the pedialyte in the water. I will be here if needed. Glad we were able to get a pooh. The tea like substabce I suspect was the sand passing through. Joan