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Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:29 pm
by skyfishcafe
We have the timers for Alduîn, our young bearded dragon with MBD, set to turn the lights on at 0600 and off at 2000 (so 14 on/10 off). However, Alduîn consistently tries to go to sleep between 1800 and 1900, usually by pushing himself into a corner of the tank or, more recently, burying himself beneath Fluff Mountain:

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He also tends to sleep for at least an hour after the lights turn on -- and sometimes even two or three hours, though we try to gently wake him up before too long.

Are our lighting hours too long for the little guy? Do you adjust your times based on the dragon's behavior, or just have them "deal with it"?

With thanks,
Aaron

Re: Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:41 pm
by KarrieRee
Follow his lead---- if hes going to bed earlier I would shut them off - take the Q from him
Karrie

Re: Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:39 pm
by claudiusx
12 12 is ok. I wouldn't go much lower then that though.

I'd keep the lights on time the same, but probably cut the off time back 1 hour for now.

Or you can really just leave it be. My crew has been going through phases where they want to sleep 2 or 3 hours before lights off. But it comes and goes in cycles.
I'm currently running 6am on 9pm off.

-Brandon

Re: Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:35 pm
by kingofnobbys
How old is he ?

If he's under 1 year old , I'd keep the lights and heat on the longer cycle , as he's too young to be allowed to brumate in his first winter.
It's OK if he naps while the lights and heat are on, he's growing while napping and needs the heat to keep his metabolic rate up.

Re: Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:03 am
by skyfishcafe
Karrie, Brandon, and kingofnobbys, thanks for your responses. As always, there seem to be as many "correct" approaches as there are dragons :)

kingofnobbys wrote:How old is he ?

He's only about 4 months old. My main concern is that his very limited mobility (can only push/drag himself along on his stomach) might make it difficult for him to get out of his basking area or into a hide if he is tired of the bright lights. I've tried adjusting the decor so that he has plenty of safe hides available (fluff mountain being the most recent addition). Now I'm just watching for behavioral cues about what he may want/need.

With thanks,
Aaron

Re: Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:02 pm
by kingofnobbys
skyfishcafe wrote:Karrie, Brandon, and kingofnobbys, thanks for your responses. As always, there seem to be as many "correct" approaches as there are dragons :)

kingofnobbys wrote:How old is he ?

He's only about 4 months old. My main concern is that his very limited mobility (can only push/drag himself along on his stomach) might make it difficult for him to get out of his basking area or into a hide if he is tired of the bright lights. I've tried adjusting the decor so that he has plenty of safe hides available (fluff mountain being the most recent addition). Now I'm just watching for behavioral cues about what he may want/need.

With thanks,
Aaron


4 months old is WAY TOO YOUNG to be allowed to bromate.

If he mobility issues, difficulties climbing, a very flat layout safer for him , no branches , rocks or hammocks , just his hide or a warm and cool hide and adjust the basking lamp and UV source accordingly.

Re: Adjusting lighting schedule based on behavior?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:56 am
by skyfishcafe
kingofnobbys wrote:4 months old is WAY TOO YOUNG to be allowed to bromate.

If he mobility issues, difficulties climbing, a very flat layout safer for him , no branches , rocks or hammocks , just his hide or a warm and cool hide and adjust the basking lamp and UV source accordingly.


Yes, we completely agree -- and we're certainly not trying to encourage brumation. He has a warm hide and a cool hide but rarely moves out of the basking site except to hide and sleep in the afternoon.