Constantly wanting to hide

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Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:55 pm

Hey guys
Ever since I got a nice hide for my bearded, she only wants to hide.
It's on the warm side w/ a basking spot on top, it's nice.

Should I consider blocking the hide until bedtime?
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:59 pm

Is her behavior otherwise normal? If she is enjoying her hide then I'd let her do her thing unless there appears to be something else wrong.
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:09 pm

No she's enjoying her laziness I guess lol
Nothing appears outwardly wrong

I got a leash for her & I think she's afraid of the outside but likes the sun
Is natural sunlight a good substitute for basking?
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:15 pm

Yes ---------15 minutes = 4 hrs of tank basking- I would check basking temps w/ a infrared heat gun - is she sitting under UVB at all ?
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:25 pm

Okay that's good to know.

She is hiding under basking spot so no she's not under her uv
& She's been doing it for a few days

Basking temp is 105
Should I consider lowering it
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:28 pm

You can try and it may be too hot usually hiding is a lighting issue--- what kind of UVB do you have ? Is it a coil or tube --- brand and bulb please
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:32 pm

Exo terra solar glo 125w all in one
Could it be a bad bulb because I recently replaced it
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:48 pm

Ok so I have heard good things for the Solorglo for heat but as for basking it is recommended a tube UVB - here on the forum is what is recommended
Which UVB light should I use?
The best UVB light is a ReptiSun 10.0 fluorescent tube HO (Or Arcardia 12% in the UK). Compact or coil bulbs do not emit the proper amount of UVB light for a bearded dragon, and should not be used. Other brands, such as the Zilla Desert Series and ReptiGlo have been known to cause eye problems and other health issues with bearded dragons, and should be avoided. The reason that some UVB lights (Zilla, ReptiGlo, coils/compacts, ect.) are considered dangerous is because the wavelength of UVB that they emit is shorter and more intense than the wavelength of the "safe" lights (ReptiSun, Arcadia). UVB lights should be replaced every 6 months. The T5’s are a strong bulb and only need to be replaced once a year – the T 8 every 6 months--- where as the T 8 are not as strong—they need to be placed inside the tank the T 5 10.0 bulb approx 10-11 inches from basking spot – the T 8 approx 8-10 inches from basking spot—the cover needs to be off the bulb for full effect of the UVB rays-- I would change get the tube and use the solarglo for basking only--- my guess is shes not getting enough UVB from that bulb --- get the tube and see if her behavior does not change --
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:07 pm

She had recently gone to the vet & her x-rays are fine.
She's been using solar glo her whole life
& I know plenty of beardies who use a solar glo.
They bask


Anyways should I add the reptisun with the solar glo?
Yes I have noticed these bulbs put off alot of heat but it's an all in one
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:21 pm

They recommend separate bulbs so you can adjust heat temps and not effect the UVB-- I am not sure about using them together - someone w/ more experience would haft to weigh in on that-- you can always change the basking bulb to a regular bright white basking bulb--- but that is my guess as to why she's hiding all the time- you want her basking tho-- is she digging in her hide? Has she laid eggs?
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:27 pm

Yes she digs here and there.
Ok so maybe it's getting too hot
I just took the temp & it was 110
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:34 pm

That's pretty hot-- I have the Arcadia 14%bulb and a 150 watt EXO Terra on tank - and w/ this goofy weather I have had to keep the 150 on the tank--- in the summer I can usually go to a 100 watt but the cooler weather I haven't changed it--- I did finally get the che turned off-- my temps vary w/ room temp
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:39 pm

My temps vary as well
So what would be a good temp to aim for 95?
I might raise my light
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:07 pm

yes go for 95 --- if you can raise the light that is good --- you will haft to play w/ it --- or you can move decor around to see where temp hits on certain height of decor--- thats what I had to do--- Hiccup has different spots he can bask tho cuz of the log I have under the light --- here is a pic of his tank --
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the log he sits on is behind the food bowl -- he can sit at different levels of where he wants to bask -
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Re: Constantly wanting to hide

Postby SkittlesK » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:03 am

Thanks Karrie
As soon as I adjusted the light she basked on her own for the rest of the day yesterday
I just had to run my ac all day as well
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