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Can you tell me about the set up?
Heat source and temp?
UVB light? How old? Type coil or tube?
We think he is close to 1 year old. He eats live crickets and meal worms daily. He won't eat vegetables or fruit. He drinks water and likes to soak in warm water occassionally. He has reptile sand in his tank. We have a heat lamp and a 16 inch UVB tube light by Zilla. We use a calcium spray on his meals, he is passing stool and he appears to be shedding. I've read a few articles that reference brumation but I dod not know how to tell what is going on with him.
UVB light is how old?
Temps in the habitat?
The loose substrates are very dangerous. They get ingested when a dragon eats and they can cause an intestinal blockage. I would switch them out for paper cage carpet, tile or slate. At this point I suggest a soak in 50/50 warm water and plain Pedialyte nfor 20 mins and gently massage the abdomen. This will help stool pass and help with hydration. I am hoping with the soak may start to perk up. The calcium should be plain powder to work with the UVB.The UVB light needs to be replaced at 6 months of age as they loose potency. You also need to raise your Temps to 110*-115*F. If the tank is too cold, the dragon will shut down. I am going to give you my care sheet as your diet for them can use some improvement as well. Please hit reply for further 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