Can you tell me about the set up?
Temps? How measured?
UVB Light? How old? Tube or coil? Strength?
He has a 30 gallon terrarium, a heat rock, uvb tube light only about 3 months old, white mineral sand, and food dish, water dish, basking light area kept at 100 degrees during the day measured with temperature gauge and there is also a humidity gauge which is kept around 20-30% at all times. There is a black light on at night to keep him warm, it is a regular bulb.
His diet consists of crickets and meal worms. I use the calcium powder on the crickets. He also eats lettuce, shredded carrots. He will also eat earthworms. I put a little bit of vitamin powder in his water as well.
He is about 4-6 months old and his last stool was about a week ago.
First Please get rid of the heat rock as they can cause severe thermal burns. They are very dangerous. Next get ric of the Calci sand substrate. That can cause intestinal impactions, corneal ulcerations, and drys out the skin. the himidity can be about 40-50%. We need to get things moving. Ltes back off on the prey and get hm on chopped collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, butternut squash, and some vrious berries for a treat. Dust the veggies with calcium. The diet should be 80% live prey and 20% veggies and fruit. Stay away from the lettuce as it has no value and carrots can actually damage the eye sight. We need to do some first aid. I would like a good 30 min soak in 1/2 warm water and 1/2 Plain pedialyte. Prior to the bath, please give a super worm dipped in Mineral oil and feed it. The put in the bath and gently massage the abdomen. Try and get the Dragon swimming. This should break him loose The joing swelling may be MBD and need to be examined by a Herp Vet, which I can locate with a city and state. I am going to give you my care sheet. Please read and open all links. 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
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
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