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Just got my first beardie. Hi!!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:55 pm
by Phaetom

I just rescued an adult bearded dragon. I think he's a few years old and from everything I've been reading, has been extremely ill cared for. (only fed every week or two, no lights, ignored). I am going into this aware that there might be nothing I can do to save him, but would like to make whatever time he has left as awesome and comfortable as possible.

From what information I can gather, he has only ever been fed red peppers as he "cant catch crickets" (information from the owner before last) and he "doesnt like anything green". I gave him some snap peas yesterday and he went crazy for them.

As this has happened very quickly (I was just offered him and I can't bear the thought of saying no), I am trying to crash course this as fast as I can. Any information or advice you can share with me would be SOOOO appreciated!!

Thank you so much

Re: Just got my first beardie. Hi!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:20 am
by CooperDragon
Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you are able to give the little guy a good home. They're tough critters and can bounce back from a lot with good care so be patient and do your best. We'll be happy to help as much as we can. It's a great sign that he was going after food on his own. Make plenty of fresh veges available to him and offer him drips of water on his nose to lick up and keep him hydrated. Take him outside for natural sunlight if you can. It's important to invest in a high quality UVB light for him as well. I recommend using a 22'' or 34'' T5 Arcadia 12% depending on the size of the enclosure you have for him. Can you post some photos of him? You can upload photos here and post them to your thread using the XIMG button when you reply.

Re: Just got my first beardie. Hi!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:40 pm
by Phaetom
I will take some pictures in the next day or two and post them! He hasn't been too mobile today, though while he was up on his log he would eat out of my hand. I fed him some kale and green beans. After getting a taste for it I found him at his dish eating some more. As the day has progressed he's eaten a bit more (I'm assuming his stomach is pretty shrunken from only being fed every couple weeks) and has since had a normal looking poop.

Re: Just got my first beardie. Hi!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:55 pm
by KarrieRee
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