Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB? How old? Coil or tube and strength?
Do you have a UVB bulb. It is the type that supplies artificial sunlight? Joan
The husbandry is a major problem here. First things to get rid of are the heat rock and the sand. Both are extremely dangerous. The heat rock can cause thermal burns and the snad can cause serious impactions in your Dragon. It is a must to use the UVB all year round as it supplies artificial sunlight and it helps metabolize the calcium in the body. it needs to run 12-14 hours a day except for the winter when we only run it 8 hours. That and a calcium supplement are extremely important for the health of the bones and organs. Without them your dragon can have metabolic bone disease. Next your temps are way too low. For an adult dragon they should be at 110*F in the basking area. The diet is another serious issue. The Dragon needs 80% fresh veggies and 20% live prey like crickets, silk worms, Phoenix worms or roaches. The canned crickets have all preservatives and chitin the outer shell and offer no nutritional value. The veggies that should be fed would be collards, mustard greens, dandelion greens, butternut squash, green beans. For fruit, you can give is apple berries all types. All food should be dusted with calcium at least 4 days a week and a vitamin 2 times a week. We can try some first aid. Please set up a soak of 50/50 warm water and Pedialyte. Place the dragon in the soak for 30 mins. while in there please gently massage the abdomen. This should stimulate a bowel movement. While in the soak try and get the tank warmed up and get the UVB light on the tank. Without the proper husbandry you can loose this dragon. if we cannot get a stool to pass a Herp Vet visit may be needed. I am going to give you my care sheet. 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
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm
At this point you need to feed morning veggies and afternoon 7 large silk worms a day. The phoenix worms are much smaller and you will have to feed more. The big thing is 80% veggies and 20% live prey and get the UVB on. They do need to be replaced every 6 months Joan
Not a problem! I am here to educate and help with problems. I keep pellets in my tanks for my girls, but it is like a snack food. They munch inbetween the greens and live prey. My girls are 13 and 14 years old. fairly old for Dragons. I can locate a Herp vet for you to have on call if needed with a state and city. Joan
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