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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest in reptiles and reptile rescue.
Can you tell me about the set up?
Diet specific Veggies /Prey?
UVB light, how old, linear tube or compact coil strength and brand?
Temps in basking area, warm side and cool side?
What substrate do you use?
Do you have any UVB?
I will be going to dinner shortly, but you have some major issues that need correcting. While I am gone please remove the sand asap. It is deadly and can cause intestinal impactions. The other thing I ask is while I am gone, please go to nearest Pet shop and pick up a Reptisun 10.0 linear tube UVB and the holder. I will go over all when I get back and post a detailed answer.
I will be back in about 2 hours. I have been on steady since 8am and now 5:30 est will post your answer at that time.
As I mentioned earlier you need a UVB bulb. It needs to work with a Calcium supplement to keep the Dragon from Metabolic Bone Disease: http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/reptilesgeneral/a/metabolicbd.htm The UVB helps control the activity level as well as appetite. This UVB is so important and have a great bearing on the health of the Dragon. Whoever neglected in telling you that you need a UVB light did you a grave disservice.
As I mentioned the sand is deadly. It turns into concrete in the abdomen. Ceramic tile, paper or cage carpet are the best substrate.
The temps in the basking area should be 105-110*F, the warm side should be 90's and the cool side should be in the 80's. The temps affect activity and also digestion of food. We need to make sure the temps are correct. At this age the diet should be 80% veggies, which should include collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, escarole, curly endives, butternut squash and for a treat you can use a small piece of strawberry or raspberry. The prey should include crickets, dubia roaches, silk worms and phoenix worms. Wax worms are find as an occasional treat but very fatty. We never feed any meal worms or super worms they are too hard to digest the chitin hard outer shell and fatty which can cause liver disease.
To help the Dragon we need to give a nice warm soak in a 50/50 Pedialyte and warm water soak. Get the temps corrected, the UVB bulb and basking light and correct the diet. I believe with these changes you will see a big difference.