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Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:31 pm
by tetriminoss
So I have a baby Bearded Dragon, around 8-9 weeks old. He keeps on climbing up high that's close to the basking lamp and the daylight and then proceeds to sleep there.

He also have a very small appetite, grabs few crickets and ignores the rest. (while following the 15 minutes let him eat all you can protocol)

I just got him last week, so relocation stress might be the cause. I just want to make sure nothing wrong is happening to him.

Bearded dragon:
age: 8-9 weeeks
size: still afraid of me so I can't measure him

Vivarium:
Enclosure:
Glass 40 gallon aquarium, screen top.
ReptiCarpet substrate

Lighting:
ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 T5 HO
ZooMed basking spot lamp 100W

Diet:
Dusted crickets (Calcium, reptivite)
Papaya mush
Dandelion green

Temperature:
~100 F + on basking
~ 85F - 90F on coolside

Humidity: ~40-50.

Lights:
ON = 7AM
OFF = 8:45PM
Let me know if you have any questions or need a closeup picture of him.

Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:11 pm
by KarrieRee
Can you post a pic of your set up tank and lights please?
It sounds like he might want it hotter if hes climbing clear to the top --- babies like it hotter around 105-110 --- how are you taking temps in the tank --- ? Infrared heat gun is best and most accurate for temps
Karrie

Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:49 am
by kingofnobbys
If it get's close enough to touch the basking globe you need to install a cage around the basking globe to stop the dragon from touching the glass surfaces of the globe which will be very hot.

Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:43 am
by tetriminoss
KarrieRee wrote:Can you post a pic of your set up tank and lights please?
It sounds like he might want it hotter if hes climbing clear to the top --- babies like it hotter around 105-110 --- how are you taking temps in the tank --- ? Infrared heat gun is best and most accurate for temps
Karrie


both lights fixture on top of screen mesh.
basking: ZooMed Basking spot lamp 100W
daylight: ZooMed Reptisun 10.0 T5 HO

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Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:10 am
by KarrieRee
Ok I would move the platform to be under the UVB as it sits now he cannot get underneath it- what else is in the dome besides the basking lamp--- what size is the tank? How are you taking the temps? I see the dial - temps should be taken w/ a IR heat gun-- infrared heat gun-- they will give your most accurate temps and can be purchased at Walmart Lowes or Home Depot for around $10 or so
Karrie

Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:26 am
by tetriminoss
KarrieRee wrote:Ok I would move the platform to be under the UVB as it sits now he cannot get underneath it- what else is in the dome besides the basking lamp--- what size is the tank? How are you taking the temps? I see the dial - temps should be taken w/ a IR heat gun-- infrared heat gun-- they will give your most accurate temps and can be purchased at Walmart Lowes or Home Depot for around $10 or so
Karrie


The dome is a double dome, it has basking lamp and ReptiSun 10.0 compact, I've heard compact ones are not good so I don't use it.

The tank size is a 40 gallon, LxWxH = 36"x18"x16". The platform is 4" high and the peak is 6" high.
I am using the stick on thermometer to measure both temp and humidity. I am planning to get a better thermometer soon.

Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:37 am
by KarrieRee
Yes I would get the IR gun and a digital probe thermometer-- you can use the digital on your cool side and get temps for the basking area w/ the IR-- sorry I missed the tank size-- you are correct the compact coil UVB's are no good -- I am sure there is some relocation stress going on but you really need to get a accurate temp for the basking--- it is hard to say what the issue is but I am guessing the temp is way off --that will effect his eating so until we get a accurate temp we wont really know how to fix it--
Karrie

Re: Beardie climbs up high, close to the lights, then sleeps

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:39 am
by tetriminoss
Ok, I will get a proper equipment ASAP. Thanks for filling me in.