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Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby Dannysmith1712 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:04 pm

I'm quite new to all this but since I've had him all day lights temp everything perfect but once the heat lamp goes off about 8pm my dragon turns a dark colour and stays like that until morning is there something wrong please help
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Re: Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Oct 13, 2020 1:55 pm

So the basking temps are 95-110 for a juvie / adult or 105-110 for a baby and taken w/ a digital probe thermometer? The UVB is not a coil but a long tube fixture w/ proper placement and distance? I am not sure why hes turning dark at nite --- are you using a colored bulb for heat in the tank at nite?
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Re: Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby Dannysmith1712 » Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:15 pm

No lights on at night and the temp goes to 40 cent hot end and 27 cent cold uvb strip all set up ok
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Re: Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:39 am

What is the temp in the tank at nite? Nothing below 65 F --
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Re: Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby Dannysmith1712 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:57 pm

The temp is 19 degrees cold side and 20 hot end at night
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Re: Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby Poggerna » Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:21 pm

Dannysmith1712 wrote:The temp is 19 degrees cold side and 20 hot end at night


Celsius or Fahrenheit? Because if it's in F, those are way too cold.

That said, provided you aren't tanking down below 65 F (18 C), it's perfectly normal for beardies to turn dark at night when it gets cold. That's a natural mechanism to help them maximize regaining heat in the morning since dark colors absorb heat better.

Ardie always looks like he has the beardie equivalent of a bedhead when he wakes up in the morning because of the darker hues, lol!

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Re: Bearded dragon turning dark at night

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:35 am

The temps mentioned are in Celsius. They are in a good range and completely adequate overnight. I don't think the darkening is a problem either. Just a natural reaction and color change to keep warm.
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