Age of Spike?
Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB light and how old? Florescent tube or coil, strength, brand of bulb?
Temps and how measured?
Diet prey/ Veggies?
You have gotten some poor information. A 6" dragon is possibly 3-4 months old. They also sold you a coil UVB which can be a problem with the eye. The Coil bulbs can cause a problem called Photo Kerato Conjunctivitis. You can read about that here: Compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm The red bulb is not a basking light and should only be used for heat. You should have a plain white light bulb that is made for Reptiles that suppies heat and light for basking. I suggest a reptisun 10.0 Florescent tube instead of the coil type bulb. http://www.anapsid.org/uvtable.html As far as temps, they should be 105*F-110*F basking tem, 90's for warm side and 80's for cool side. The diet should be 80% live prey and 20% veggies:
You should be feeding 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. The live prey should include crickets, silk worms, roaches,goliath worms and phoenix worms.The meal worms are high in chitin which is the outer shells and can cause a blockage, so I do not recommend them as a staple feeder.
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. This is a nutrition chart: http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutritionframeset.html
What I suggest is use a drop of plain saline without preservatives in the eye to make sure there is no debris. This should soothe the eye. If the eye continues to give him problems then I suggest a Herp Vet visit to rule out any scratches or corneal ulcer. Please let me know if you have further questions and I will be happy to continue with you. My goal is 100% excellent service. Joan
Under the basking light which should be a white bulb that gives heat and a full spectrum bulb the temps should read 105*-110*F. The aur temps on the warm side of the tank should be in the 90's and the cook side of the tank should be in the mid 80's/ You need two day time lights. The first that I suggest is the UVB which is used to metabolize calcium into vitamin D3 in the body. The other light is for basking and should be giving off heat to bask under and dhould be a full spectrum daylight bulb. The red light can be used at night to keep the temps in the 70's. The diet you feed needs to be more prey when they are young and after a year old they need to revese and eat 80% veggies and less prey. What I do is put the veggies in daily and try a little fruit baby food over it to entice the dragon to eat it. It does take time to get them interested in veggies.
Great news! Keep up the good work! Joan
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