My Beardie won't Bask

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My Beardie won't Bask

Postby heatheremma2003 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:21 am


Hi I currently have a 1 year old female beardie I''ve had her since was a baby. Recently she has stopped basking and spends all her day curled up in the cool end of her viv. she only moves to eat .She still eats regularly approx 10 locusts a day and and spring green cabbage and occasionally about 5 wax worms. Since she has stopped basking she doesn't poop very often sometimes once a week sometimes longer. I'm worried as I know they need to bask to digest.

Her setup
3' x 2' x 2' wooden viv
Wood substrate
Repti Glo 10.0 uvb 75cm
100W basking light currently 109 f
Ambient temp 85 f
Cool temp 80 f
Night time 70 f

Please help
Does she need to go to vets
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Re: My Beardie won't Bask

Postby vampy » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:11 pm

For an adult, the basking temp might be a little high for her. Have you tried putting in a lower wattage light/moving the light further away and seeing what she does? Do you put her under the light once she has eaten? My babies are normally pretty good and immediately go to the light once they've had food, but my bf's beardies often decide running around the room and playing is more fun than basking, so he has to put them under there himself to make sure they get hot enough.

Personally I'd take the substrate out and just keep her on paper towel or tile, and the UV light you're using isn't recommended by people here, the reptisun 10 and arcadia 12% give out better light for beardies with no chance of eye damage. If your UV tube is over 6 months old it'll need changing anyway.

Have you tried giving her a bath and seeing if that makes her poop?

It could just be the time of year and that she is wanting to brumate, though normally they start to eat less/stop eating altogether as well as try and hide at the cool end.

Once you've got her environment sorted out, see if she shows any changes, if not, and she's looking otherwise healthy, chances are she's preparing for brumation.
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Re: My Beardie won't Bask

Postby heatheremma2003 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:25 am

Thanks for all your advice.

New basking and uvb light are ordered.

What kind of tiles would you recommend for substrate.
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