Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB? Type coil or tube? How old?
Area to locate a Herp Vet?
Temps and how measured?
Thank-you for the information. It is very important to have a UVB light. Without it the Dragon cannot metabolize calcium which is what prevents Metabolic Bone Disease. The crickets can be dusted with calcium powder. The first thing I want to do is to give the Dragon a long soak in warm water 50% to 50% Plain Pedialyte. This is the basic first aid. I will have you start this while I type more information to help the Dragon. Joan
If you can live with a purple Dragon Grape will work. This is for dehydration as Dragons can absorb fluids through the Vent area. While in the soak gently massage the abdomen. this will help stimulate the gut.
The next step will be to get a 10.0 UVB on the Dragon Tube type as the coil causes eye problems. We are going to mix a slurry for nutrition. Please take some Chicken baby food and mix in some butternut squash baby food, pedialyte, calcium powder, and I would like you to try and get some Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen from Walmart (where vitamins are sold) or a health food store. Mix the ingredients together and we are gong to drop the snout to allow the Dragon to lick the mixture. This will help fornow along with the soaks. I suggest some Calcium Glubionate which I will you a link to order. I will be happy to locate a Herp Vet for you with a State or Country. I am also going to give you my care sheet. The heat lamp that you have is not a UVB and will only create heat so that is not what we need, alone, we need the UVB to help start metabolizing the calcium and we need to be sure there is not a blockage. Please hit reply for more 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
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
Breeding Bearded Dragons 101:
That is nothing more than a basking light for heat. That does not supply the UVb the Dragon needs.
This is what you need a 10.0 or better:
|Reptile UVB Flourescent lamps (UV strip lights)|
These are the lights that are essential for day active reptiles to promote vitamin D3 production to enable calcium absorbtion for strong healthy bones and preventing metabolic bone disease.
This will give you info on Metabolic Bone Disease: http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com/MBD.html
You can find the calcium glubionate here: http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com/Meds.html
If you supply a State or Country, I will locate a lsit of Vets for you. Joan
The soak can be done twice today, and you can try the slurry mix today once. I would try and get into a Herp Vet asap. Since these are only first aid measures and if a blockage it will need to be addressed as well as MBD. I am so sorry that the Pet supply did not sell you the correct light. If it is still light where you are some natural sunlight is one of the best things you can do in leiu of a UVB light. Joan
This is an Mercury vapor bulb that can be used instead of a UVB and heat lamp as it covers both.
|Reptile Mercury Vapour Bulbs (MVB)|
All in one bulbs, Heat, UVB and Light. Self ballasted so no need for a starter. These are a favourite amongst tortoise keepers for use over tortoise tables and Reptile keepers who have large enclosures.
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