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Re: Darwin

Postby vrenee1018 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:21 pm

Stink eyes are the worst. It's like, "Hey! What did I do to deserve such a look?!" Haha I don't think they know that we have feelings and they hurt them with the stink eyes :lol: :lol: :lol: So the big guys is getting ready to go into full brumation it seems? I'm sure you will miss him dearly then :( Hope he's still active for you a bit longer though!

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Re: Darwin

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:26 pm

Yeah he is getting ready for brumation for sure. It's right on pattern for him. He tried earlier this year but I kept interacting with him to hold off a bit. Now I'll just let him do his thing. He should be back up around Christmas and be hyper again by January if it's like past years.
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Re: Darwin

Postby vrenee1018 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:47 pm

Well then, I feel like if he wakes up around Christmas/New Year's then it's a wonderful present for you! Haha :blob8: :blob5: :lol: :lol:

I'm wondering if I should just turn the lights off for my little girl (she's been hiding more and more and will sleep allll day if I let her) and just let her sleep in hopes she wakes up around Christmas time. Last year was my first year with her, so when she started slowing down in September, I thought something was wrong with her, until I realized it was brumation, then I finally let her sleep for a month. I think I tortured the poor thing. Lol

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Re: Darwin

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:02 pm

I just leave the lights on their normal cycle and he sleeps through them in his hide. I figure it's more natural for the "sunlight" to stay on a relatively consistent schedule than for it to be dark all the time. I'm not sure if that has much effect either way though. Leaving the lights on doesn't seem to pose a problem.
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Re: Darwin

Postby vrenee1018 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:55 am

Ahh I see. Last year I turned her lights off and had the CHE on to keep her warm. I've noticed that she tends to wake up when the lights on and I'm not sure if it's the lights or the commotion in the house with the dogs. Do you leave all lights on or just the basking and not the UVB? I was thinking of maybe leaving her basking on this year and see how she likes it. Last year I had a blanket over her while she slept on her hammock. She looked so damn peaceful. I was jealous. Haha

How old is Darwin, btw? And how long have you had him? Sorry, I can't recall if they were mentioned in the waaaay earlier postings and I think they were before my time on here. Haha
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Re: Darwin

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:21 am

Try out a few different things and see what works best. I can't say that one option is best for all dragons. I leave the UVB and basking light and CHE on. The basking light and CHE are on a programmable thermostat so they just kick on as programmed and react to temps in the enclosure. The UVB light kicks on and off with a mechanical outlet timer. If commotion is bothersome, it may help to put down something to burrow in. I have a bunch of the little fleece blankets from PamperedBeardies (Sarah's Dragon Rescue) and they are great for piling on the floor of the tank. Darwin will bury his face or sometimes completely burrow into them. Darwin is 4. I got him in Jan 2016 and was told that he was about a year old then. The first page of the thread has some photos of him the day I picked him up.
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Re: Darwin

Postby vrenee1018 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am

That's awesome that you have a programmable thermostat! I like the idea of the fleece blankets too. She's has a couple that were made for her and she loves them. Haha I will definitely try that! And now I wanna she pictures of Darwin all buried in blankets...I'm sure he looks darling. :)
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Re: Darwin

Postby claudiusx » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:54 am

vrenee1018 wrote:And now I wanna she pictures of Darwin all buried in blankets...


..... Seconded :wave:

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Re: Darwin

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:57 am

He is buried under one now in one of his hides. This is a screen shot from his webcam.

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Re: Darwin

Postby claudiusx » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:00 am

Aww, reminds me of Kiki :(
She would do the same thing with her little blue blanket.

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Re: Darwin

Postby vrenee1018 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:01 am

That's precious :) :P
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Re: Darwin

Postby Skipper7 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:53 pm

Darwin’s updates at fantastic and put a smile on my face :)
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Re: Darwin

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:01 pm

After a VERY long trip I finally made it to Darwin’s namesake city! This place is really far away. Nice town with a hot Miami-like climate. Was walking around and saw this little guy hanging out on a footpath near the waterfront.
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note the stinkeye for the disruption. He was basking in full shade at 1.0 UVI. As of 1pm the UVI is at 10.3. I will continue to take more measurements even though this is outside of central dragon territory. Data is still useful.
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