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Can you tell me about the set up?
Diet? Prey /greens?
UVB? How old? Type tube or coil? Strength?
Has she been with a male Dragon?
When you feel the abdomen, does it feel like marbles in the abdomen?
I have some concerns as even if she was not with a male she still could be carrying eggs. Females can lay without a male. I would like to go over husbandry as there are a few issues. The UVB should be changed. They only last 6 months and then loose Potency. It is very important to have a good UVB light especially if she is gravid. She also needs to have a good diet and calcium daily.Over a year old we put Dragons on an 80% Veggie diet and 20% live prey. These links go over diet: http://www.repticzone.com/articles/fruitsandvegetablesrated.html This is for fruits and Vegetables
The next issue is the substrate. It is important to use a good solid substrate as all that you have mentioned can cause serious intestinal issues. The only time I use a loose substrate is in a lay box. You can read about the substrate here:
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3 calci sand
I am going to give you a link about breeding and how to set up for her to lay eggs. I was one of the contributing authors to this Breeding sheet: http://repticzone.com/articles/beardeddragonbreeding101hrtmtn.html
I suggest a Herp Vet Visit to see if she is indeed gravid as she is showing since she looks very heavy and she is off food. I am going to give you UK Dragon Vets: http://www.ukbeardeddragons.co.uk/vet%20directory.htm
In the mean time we do not want her to get dehydrated, so please give her a 30 min soak in a 50/50 warm water and Dioralyte solution. I am going to give you my care sheet to help with husbandry. 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. sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
We usually see the enlarged abdomen with a gravid female and many people do not even know about it until the Dragon starts digging or lays the first egg. My femal layed her first at 8 years old with no previous signs. and she has never been with a male. You can have her checked to see if she is carrying eggs and I would also have a fecal done to rule out parasites. The fact she had been with a male, they can actaully hold sperm for 6 months to a year if mated, but as I said, they do not need a male to produce eggs. Joan