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Can you tell me about the set up?
Heat source and temp?
UVB light? How old? Type coil or tube?
It is not unusual for Pets shops to give poor advice as well as sell animals that are not the best quality or in the best health. They sold you the Dragon too small and too young as most reliable brreders do not release the Dragons until the are 8" or a full six weeks old.
The basking area should have 110*-115*F and the cool side of the tank in the 90* range. This is imporatnt for digestion and passing of stool. If the temps are not correct, this can also cause a problem.
You are correct you do need to have a day time basking bulb as well as a UVB. I recommend a Reptisun 10.0 tube not coil. The UVB bulb is needed to stop Metabolic Bone Disease
The UVB should be a tube type. Coil UVB bulbs can injure the eyes.**
Compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm The UVB bulb should not have any plastic between it and the Dragon, it needs to run the length of the tank and be no more than 12" from the Dragon. Both lights should run daily for 12-14 hours a day.
You should be feeding finely chopped Collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, escarole and curly endives. Butternut squash and various berries are great for a treat. The Veggies should be put in fresh daily, and done about an hour after lights on. They need 20% veggies daily and 80% live prey. The live prey should include crickets, silk worms, roaches, goliath worms and phoenix worms. Super worms and wax worms are like giving the Dragon candy. All veggies and prey should be dusted with calcium daily 5 days a week and vitamins 2 days a week.
If you can get the husbandry straightened out, get the Temps correct since that can affect his appetite and a UVB light on the Dragon should respond.
For now we need to give him a soak in 50/50 warm water and plain Pedialyte to prevent dehydration. Please soak at least 30 mins. I do suggest a Herp vet visit to help rule out a paraiste issue. I can locate a Herp Vet for you with a city and state. I am also giving you my care sheet to help with the 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. http://www.repticzone.com/articles/fruitsandvegetablesrated.html This is for fruits and Vegetables
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
There is a fixture that can be suspended in the tank, but you can lay the fixture with the bulb on the screen. You need to be sure that the bulb is replaced every 6 months as they loose potency. The bulb should be within 12" of the Dragon to offer the maximum UVB. Joan