New Owner - Typical new owner stress

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New Owner - Typical new owner stress

Postby yonose12 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:00 pm

Hi! I posted on here about a week ago when I was considering adopting a beardie. Anyway, I went through with it yesterday and am now the proud and slightly nervous owner of this lovely creature:

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This is a few hours after I got her and rearranged her sticks a bit. She seemed to like this as a basking spot. Temperatures are 100-105 on her basking rock (using a zoomed thermometer with the probe placed directly on the rock). She was definitely a little nervous yesterday but ate some collard greens and then chilled out hard on the branch for the rest of the evening.

Couple of questions: First, am I doing everything right with my temperature measurements? I have an infrared heat gun and it reads anywhere from 5-10 degrees cooler than the thermometer probe when I point it at the same spot. With the gun I generally get readings of 98-101 on the basking rock and a few degrees cooler on the wood. The thermometer probe also seems to fluctuate a lot when I make small adjustments to the basking light. Should the probe be resting directly on the rock? Or should it be up in the air a bit? She sat on the probe for a while yesterday, which also seemed to affect the readings a bit. When in doubt I'm inclined to trust the temperature gun, which would mean the basking spot is maybe a little on the cool side?

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Second, I inherited her tank and lighting setup from her previous owner and I'm in the process of making upgrades. I have a reptisun t5 tube uvb light arriving tomorrow and a carolina custom cages fixture for it. I'm also getting a fluker's repta-clamp fixture to replace her current cheap metal one. She currently has a coil uvb fixture (I know) so I've placed it as close as possible to her basking light in the hopes that this will give her enough uvb until I can install the new fixture and bulb.

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That's pretty much it for now. I'm super excited to have her but I want to make sure she has everything she needs to be happy. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. I'll probably make another introduction post soon once I figure out her name and get some better photos!
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Re: New Owner - Typical new owner stress

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:29 pm

It's good your replacing the coil-- the T 5 can sit on the screen w/ basking decor directly underneath approx 8-10 inches - the basking temps are w/ in specs- the probe should sit on the basking decor-- the material maybe throwing the temp gun off - go w/ your probe temp--- test the gun and probe on a different piece of decor and see what it does temp wise-- your dragon does not have a name? How old is she? She will like her new tank--- she may go thru relocation stress- so her eating may be off for awhile
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Re: New Owner - Typical new owner stress

Postby yonose12 » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:09 pm

Thanks for the reply (and for replying to my last post)! The only reason she doesn't have an official name is because I'm indecisive. I also tend to nickname my pets some version of the type of animal they are so for the moment she's Lizzie :lol: . I have to say she seems to be doing pretty well from what I can tell. She almost finished the bowl of greens I left out for her this morning, took a big healthy looking poop, and was back on her basking spot when I got home.
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Re: New Owner - Typical new owner stress

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:12 pm

Love the name ❤️-- she is settling in good then-- she will be happier w/ her new UVB as well-- if you want take her outside and have her sit on you for some good UVB- sit out there as long as you can stand the heat-- it will do her good too
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