Experienced owners - is this normal?

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Experienced owners - is this normal?

Postby alikate » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:05 am

Had my rescue Beardie since January this year. He was ‘donated’ to me as his previous owners had lost interest some years ago & finally got to the stage where he was almost skeletal & has a bit of MBD/arthritis.
I took him on as I couldn’t bear the thought of him being neglected - you may remember me posting about him way back in January. He’s around 10 years old. Small for an adult male. Came to me in a glass tank around 2ft by 1ft. With a heat mat & old UVB coil type lamp.
He’s now in a 4 x 2ft viv. Arcadia UVB strip light T5 12%. 75w basking lamp. His temps are 38 in basking. 28 hot end. 20/21 cool end. Eats well, has put on masses of weight. Shed for the first time in years a couple of months ago. Has baths regularly, in the beginning with added ReptoBoost to get him healthy. Poo normal. Was checked by a vet when I first took him on. Vet was happy that with a bit of TLC, he would be a happy dragon again.
My question is this - some days, he’s absolutely frantic in his tank. So active that I’m scared he’s going to do himself an injury (having questionable MBD issues/arthritis). He literally throws himself off his logs & hammock. Glass surfs like he’s being chased by monsters. Other days, he’s as chill as chill can be. I feel that this is not normal. Do you agree?
He basks quite happily & heats up beautifully, then off he goes on his frantic mission. I take him out the tank & can barely hold him as he’s jumping around so much.
I let him run around the house but he often just goes to the patio window & starts glass surfing there.
He has a run in the garden & gets out when the temperature outside allows.
I hate seeing him so frantic :-(. And he must be stressing himself out. Other days he basks all day & doesn’t move a muscle.
I wonder sometimes, could he be too warm? Having never been kept in a proper Viv before? With inadequate heat & light? He doesn’t go to the cool end very often unless it’s nighttime & he’s ready for sleeping. I just can’t understand it. The reason I wonder about the heat is because I’ve tried periodically turning his heat lamp off - just to try. I know this cools him down so he will naturally be less active, but he just seems happier when it’s not as hot. Has any body more experienced got any suggestions?
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Re: Experienced owners - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:22 am

It sounds like hes got spring fever-- is this happening all the time or just recently? Could be the temp in the tank is too warm -- have you tried getting it lower instead of just shutting it off?
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Re: Experienced owners - is this normal?

Postby alikate » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:43 am

Hi Karrie - thanks for reply. He used to do it every now & then. And I guessed it was just his way of saying ‘hey, lemme out!’ So I did. But recently it’s been more often than not. Sometimes most days in a week. But once he’s out he’s going bananas & trying to throw himself off me!!
I’ve not tried a different wattage of bulb yet, but that’s a good shout. Am I right in saying I can use a normal household bulb with a lower wattage for basking? I have a ceramic bulb fitting for the viv but I guess that can be used with any bulb.
He’s an ‘old’ Dragon & I feel he should be enjoying his retirement 😂 not throwing his old arthritic joints around the place. He’ll put his hip out next! 😂😂
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Re: Experienced owners - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:30 am

You can try the house hold bulb and see what kind of temps you get out of it --- whatever the temp is now trying lowering it maybe 5 degrees and see if it makes a difference in his behavior he may not like it the temp hes at now--- you can always go back to what it is now but try the degree lower and see what happens - lighting plays a big role in their behavior
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Re: Experienced owners - is this normal?

Postby AHBD » Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:50 pm

Hi there, you don't need to change the bulb his temps. are fine, 38C is like 100F. He may just be getting used to his newly minted health + strength and since this whole life is new he's not quite sure what to do with himself. It all sounds pretty normal. Of course some dragons can act frantic for a number of reasons and we don't always know. Whatever you do, don't let him know that you practically called him an " old geezer ", he wouldn't appreciate that you know. ! :lol:
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