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New here recently got a rescued dragon.

Postby Yoshi2019 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:38 am

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Hi. My wife is a vet tech and one of the vets she works with saved a little dragon from a pet shop where it was malnourished and had calcium deficiency. She got him back on track and gave him to us. We both have always loved bearded dragons but have never owned one.
So my question is on the current diet we have him on. He is around 13" long and we are guessing 6-8 months old. Very healthy, active, not over weight, growing like crazy. Sheds about every 1-2 weeks, though it seems constant cause he sheds his body one day, then his tail another, then his legs. Goes to the bathroom on schedule 1-2 times a day. So seems like a pretty good diet so far. Feeding twice a day with fresh water. Large BSFL, 2" horn worms, mix of 75% collard greens 25% Kale. I'll give him 20-25 BSFL and 3 horn worms per feeding for a couple days, then 30-35 BSFL and 1-2 horn worms for a couple days. We also change it up and give him some crickets sometimes or wax worms occasionally. Tried very small amounts of fruit "blueberry, grape, tomato. He's not really into those yet, he'll eat a little bit of the blueberry. Thanks for any feedback or info.
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Re: New here recently got a rescued dragon.

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:46 am

Welcome to the forum-- Diet sounds good -- you might want to offer him some mustard / collard greens some squash butternut yellow or zucchini -- --- what size tank and lighting do you have for him ---- I know your wife is a vet tech but I still need to ask ---
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Re: New here recently got a rescued dragon.

Postby Yoshi2019 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:50 am

Hi thanks for the info. He will be getting a wider variety of greens and vegetables as we figure out what he likes and doesn't like. He does like the cooked butternut squash. Right now it's just the 40gal with a screen lid that he came in. Light is a 100w mercury vapor evergreen sun glow with hood and adjustable stand. Also a CHE, but it hasn't been needed here in FL. Peak 100°basking temp 83° cool side with angled branches so he can be where he needs. Currently putting together a Carolina Custom 4x2x2 for him with T5/halogen/CHE. I'll be posting questions about it I'm sure.
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Re: New here recently got a rescued dragon.

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:07 am

I am not sure what the mercury glow is - is that a UVB or basking light--- or combo?
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Re: New here recently got a rescued dragon.

Postby Yoshi2019 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:22 am

Mercury vapor lights are UVB UVA and heat emitting.
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Re: New here recently got a rescued dragon.

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Apr 26, 2019 11:39 am

Ok I would recommend getting the Reptisun 10 T5 or a T8 UVB-- these bulbs come highly recommended in the forum-- it's easier to adjust your basking temp w/ a separate basking bulb and the Reptison is a very good bulb along w/ the Arcadia 13 or 14% bulb--- the T 5 will take a flat fixture whereas the T 8 takes a regular fixture- the Arcadia also takes the flat fixture as well-- the T8 will need to be changed out 2 times per yr-- the Arcadia and T 5 once per year--
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