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The dark marks on Beauty's belly are stress marks. She is 3 years old and we picked her up on Thursday. She had some relocation stress and missed her old home. Poor baby.
My Draco has always had these light color marks, I thought he was striped! I've had him for 2 mos. and I think he's doing OK He eats, sleeps and poops. He's relaxed when held. Are these marks signs of a problem?
They aren't necessarily a sign of a problem, but can you give us some information on your setup? (heating/lighting/etc?) The more info the better.
His aquarium is 36in. by 18in., his basking area has a 75w home light bulb(around 100 F) I use a black light for uv(?) I use reptile carpet for the substrate. The week before Xmas I moved him into the bigger aquarium and used rocks from outside(boiled) for caves and climbing, he bites on these alot.
I'm not an expert but I think the black light might be the problem. From what I've read it gives off a lot of UVA, which can be harmful in large amounts, and not much UVB. First thing I would do is get rid of the black light and get a ReptiSun 10.0 strip light.
Other than that, I hope someone else can help.
The black light gives off NO UVB at all. As suggested, please get the Repti-Sun 10.0 strip fluorescent to help prevent metabolic bone disease and other health issues. They do much better with bright white bulbs and you can even use a standard household light bulb to help get the right temps on both basking & cool sides. Also, make sure you're using either an infrared temperature gun or digital thermometer with a long wire & probe end to check the temps as those are the only 2 ways to get accurate readings. Any type of stick on thermometer, round gauge (dial) or digital strip can be off as much as 20 degrees.
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