Is He Eating Enough?

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Is He Eating Enough?

Postby ComicBookMama » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:06 pm

I'm a little concerned about Figment's eating habits; he's approximately 3 months old (hard to tell for certain, since he's a pet store dragon) and about 9" long (my best estimate; he won't hold still for measuring). I keep reading that they are ravenous at this age. Figment... isn't.

He doesn't do more than nibble at his greens every couple of days - not every day by a long shot - though once a week he'll eat thinly sliced carrot or squash offered by hand, usually. Nightly I've been offering crickets, and he generally starts off strong, chasing after them and gobbling them up, but loses interest after 10 or 15 small or medium crickets. Today he took 5 hornworms about 2-3" long from tweezers before refusing to eat any more. When I first offered him Phoenix Worms he ate a few, but now turns up his nose at them and won't eat them at all.

Should I be concerned? He's regular, poos once every morning, and basks for 95% of his day.

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Re: Is He Eating Enough?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:42 pm

I would slow down on the hornworms they are a hydrating worm --- watch his poo for the next few days it may be runnier than normal
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Re: Is He Eating Enough?

Postby MrSpectrum » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:32 pm

Growing is hard work--anyone who's raised a puppy knows that; they sleep a LOT, and they grow while they sleep. So I don't think his basking is concerning. He may be unusual in that he stops eating after 10-15 crickets because he's full. Commendable for a hunting species.

As long as his weight isn't decreasing, I think he'll be fine--even if finicky.

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Re: Is He Eating Enough?

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:43 am

KarrieRee wrote:I would slow down on the hornworms they are a hydrating worm --- watch his poo for the next few days it may be runnier than normal


Oh bother... I didn’t realize that. Live and learn, I suppose. He took two more hornworms after I posted, plus half a dozen crickets- it’s the most I’ve seen him eat since I got him two weeks ago. Will keep an eye on his poos!
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