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Newby and sleeping positions

Postby TwitchyTheBeardie » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:24 am

Hello, I just got my bearded dragon a week and 1 day ago. He or she is about 2 or 3 months old, and has some weird sleeping positions here is a picture.

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For some reason he sleeps standing up against the glass, just like everyone else said they do have personality, but if anybody could tell me if this is harmful or unhealthy, leave a reply. Thank you :D
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Re: Newby and sleeping positions

Postby ulintze29 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:31 am

Hello and welcome! Yes, a lot of beardies have some very....unique.....sleeping positions. One of mine used to sleep in the same position as yours does, except she would have her front legs and head resting up on her basking log while her back legs were on the ground.

I can't tell if it's just the lighting, or if you have a red light on in the enclosure. The red lights that pet stores sell as "night lights" don't work so well with beardies. It can disrupt their sleeping patterns as well as causing possible eye damage. Beardies need a temperature gradient from day to night, so as long as your house is 70 degrees or above at night, there is no need for a heat lamp during night time hours. If your house does drop below the 70 degree mark, I would suggest purchasing a ceramic heat emitter (CHE) and using it in conjunction with a thermostat. The CHE will not produce any light.

Great looking beardie you have, and again, welcome!!
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Re: Newby and sleeping positions

Postby TwitchyTheBeardie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:40 am

Thanks for the reply, and he drops cold whenever his lights go off, and thanks for the advise I may try it. If it doesn't work I will purchase a ceramic heater. Will he or she be at full length by the end of this year, it's about 2 or 3 months old. And what age will I be able to tell the gender?
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Re: Newby and sleeping positions

Postby ulintze29 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:05 pm

TwitchyTheBeardie wrote:Thanks for the reply, and he drops cold whenever his lights go off, and thanks for the advise I may try it. If it doesn't work I will purchase a ceramic heater. Will he or she be at full length by the end of this year, it's about 2 or 3 months old. And what age will I be able to tell the gender?


Some experienced breeders can tell at a very young age, but you should be able to tell for certain right around 5 months or so. When you lift the tail, males will have 2 bulges on the each side of the tail just behind the vent, and females will have a single bulge in the middle of the tail just behind their vent.
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