Soaking during brumation? (And generally)

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Soaking during brumation? (And generally)

Postby jdspdx » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:41 am

Our guys Azazel and Atarka have started brumating. I have seen conflicting information on bathing. Neither of them like baths, nor do they poop in or drink bath water. I do not routinely soak or bath them. They take water dripped on their nose and I think that they are well hydrated. Opinions? BeardieVet has an interesting video about whether beardies absorb moisture via their vent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiCF_hd3aHw
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Re: Soaking during brumation? (And generally)

Postby Drache613 » Sun Oct 04, 2020 10:41 pm

Hello,

That is a good question, one that has sparked a lot of discussion. It can be beneficial to give
them baths, simply to help hydrate their skin/scales, overall as well as to give them exercise
if they are inclined to swim around. It wont help to soak them unless they drink from their bath
because any water they may absorb through skin, etc is minimal.
If they don't like baths then you can simply give oral fluids instead to avoid unnecessary stress
on them!

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Re: Soaking during brumation? (And generally)

Postby loljelloclowdz » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:01 pm

They’ll hate you for waking you up, just be warned. I remember waking up a tegu in brumation to make sure she was alive and I basically got to experience Jurassic-level rage. Beardies probably react less crazy.
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Re: Soaking during brumation? (And generally)

Postby AHBD » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:03 am

Never soak them during brumation, they are asleep and get zero benefit and it exposes them to possible R.I.'s. Dripping water on the snout is fine if they're actually awake, about every 2 weeks is good. I've never even done that for most of my dragons unless they wake up on their own, in 25 years they all slept for 2-3 months with no interruption as they would in the wild. But no baths, that's totally useless and potentially dangerous unless they woke themselves and became active.
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