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Help! Beardie is scared of water - Nutrition tips needed

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:50 pm
by Obduratekitti
My beautiful Goldar is about 3 months old, and he is scared of water. Well, he’s scared of a lot of things, actually, including his crickets! But he eats those when I jump through hoops to hand feed him, so the crickets aren’t the problem.

He ignores his water bowl. He is terrified of his baths. He runs away when I spritz him with water.

His bowel movements didn’t become normal until after I started feeding him regular lettuce (because of its high water content). But I know lettuce has zero nutritional value.

How do I ensure he gets his nutrients and hydration when he won’t drink water? Are there any other foods with high water content that are also nutritional?

I dust his crickets with calcium and vitamins, but with Goldar’s hand feeding requirements, it’s hard to dust them all the time, and they’ve become cannibalized crickets.

What are some alternative methods for getting Goldar his nutrients and calcium?


(I’m beginning to think Mr. Moodypants is a girl...)

Re: Help! Beardie is scared of water - Nutrition tips needed

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:40 pm
by AHBD
Hi there, squash has a good water content. Just cook some up + keep it in the fridge. And try dripping water with an eyedropper, some dragons will drink that way.

Re: Help! Beardie is scared of water - Nutrition tips needed

PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:32 pm
by kingofnobbys
3 months old juvenile - should be able to get all the hydration it needs from :

>>> nice high quality live insects , especially roaches, crickets, locusts that have been gut loaded with fresh leafy greens & carrot , and from BSFL ,and from silkworms (excellent).
>>> offering grated raw carrot and grated raw sweet potato & shredded leafy greens
>>> drip water on his snout and he will drink the droplets if he's thirsty.

This viewtopic.php?f=45&t=244111 will help guide you on diet and feeding schedule for your little juvenile.

If bathing is stressful to him, don't do it UNLESS it's NECESSARY
> for shedding assistance
> he's very soiled
> he's overheated
> he has a problem with shedding
> has an injury that needs soaking in dilute betadiene.

I don't keep water in my bearded dragon tanks and very rarely bath them.

Re: Help! Beardie is scared of water - Nutrition tips needed

PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:28 am
by Obduratekitti
Thanks!