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Burmation? Need Input

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:36 am
by Gormagon
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I have been giving this subject a lot of thought lately. Because Charlie seems to want to try his hand at it aparently, he's such a goof!
It is my understanding that, Burmation is a natural instinct that assures survival.
In the wild they tend to go into burmation as winter sets in and, food gets scarce. If they didn't, they would not fair to well.
Now unless I left something out, this is how I see it.

For mating and egg laying it takes 3 to 5 weeks for each clutch (sometimes up to 3 clutches) = .......1 month+ 1 week
For incubation periods of 6 to 12 weeks depending on the conditions (avg conditions 9 weeks) = 2 months + 1 week
That only leaves 8 1/2 months for a hatchling to survive and go into a 2 to 3 month burmation phase.
This is just my thoughts on this and if you do the math, it's a real tight schedule.

I would like to get some more input on it because am getting a bit concerned about my little brat.

Re: Burmation?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:25 am
by Gormagon
Why does having a dragon make us over think things? I am constantly observing and, putting all these things together in my head.....wow!!!

Re: Burmation? Need Input

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:08 pm
by Gormagon
BUMP

Re: Burmation? Need Input

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:22 pm
by CooperDragon
Perhaps thats why it seems to be more rare for a young dragon to show signs of brumation. They may be more active year round in the wild. The seasons in their habitat may not be as harsh all winter as we see in the US either so while food may be more scarce and temps may be lower than normal, it isn't likely as harsh as we see it in the US. Just a complete guess based on what I've read and observed over the years. Interesting discussion!

Re: Burmation? Need Input

PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:41 pm
by Gormagon
CooperDragon wrote:Perhaps thats why it seems to be more rare for a young dragon to show signs of brumation. They may be more active year round in the wild. The seasons in their habitat may not be as harsh all winter as we see in the US either so while food may be more scarce and temps may be lower than normal, it isn't likely as harsh as we see it in the US. Just a complete guess based on what I've read and observed over the years. Interesting discussion!

Yes, from what I have read, it doesn't get all that cold, down there. This is what has me concerned.

He has been eating well and, my temps and, UVB are spot on but, he keeps hiding and, won't come out unless I move his hidi-hole. I guess he knows what he wants. Should I just let him do his thing? I have only had 2 dragons before him and, they never did this.

Re: Burmation? Need Input

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:32 am
by CooperDragon
As long as he is maintaining his weight I'd let him be. If you take him out and interact with him a bit and he shows some alertness then he's probably OK. That's what Darwin does when he's slowing down (now). He wants to sleep a lot but if I take him out he'll interact for a while, just doesn't have as much gas in the tank as usual. During full brumation it's like he's on sleeping pills. Very groggy most of the time.

Re: Burmation? Need Input

PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:16 am
by Gormagon
CooperDragon wrote:As long as he is maintaining his weight I'd let him be. If you take him out and interact with him a bit and he shows some alertness then he's probably OK. That's what Darwin does when he's slowing down (now). He wants to sleep a lot but if I take him out he'll interact for a while, just doesn't have as much gas in the tank as usual. During full brumation it's like he's on sleeping pills. Very groggy most of the time.

Ok, just wasn't sure about how to proceed.