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my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:32 pm
by Maddy5150
Ok hi, I'm back again! So ziggy has been gaping and I've heard it can be one of two things. Either he's regulating his temps or he has respiratory issues! Yikes, now I'm scared he has respiratory issues because it happens somewhat frequently even when he's out of his viv and it can last about max 30 seconds if my memory serves me I'm really scared something is wrong with him, please any advice is very appreciated.

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:04 am
by KarrieRee
post a pic of him gaping--- is there any mucous coming out of the mouth nose - does he have bubbles in the mouth? Is he eating basking pooping and being active? Is his humidity in his tank below 70%? Good basking temps and good UVB and good diet will keep the vet away
Karrie

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:08 am
by Maddy5150
KarrieRee wrote:post a pic of him gaping--- is there any mucous coming out of the mouth nose - does he have bubbles in the mouth? Is he eating basking pooping and being active? Is his humidity in his tank below 70%? Good basking temps and good UVB and good diet will keep the vet away
Karrie

When I catch him ill post it! No mucous or bubbles that I've seen and he loves basking he poops every day and he just went through a shed so not at the moment but there is times when he is and this boy loves his bugs and mustard greens and kale. His humidity is 42% at the moment but it falls to about 38% as the day progresses and his basking temps are 93.7 degrees and his cooldown is 83 degrees.

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:13 am
by KarrieRee
Gaping is one way of adjusting his body temp- they call it thermoglating- his basking temps could be a little higher - we usually recommend 95-110-- it's nice to offer a heat gradient- a piece of decor where they have different spots to sit stand lay etc-- everything else sounds good
Karrie

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:29 am
by Maddy5150
KarrieRee wrote:Gaping is one way of adjusting his body temp- they call it thermoglating- his basking temps could be a little higher - we usually recommend 95-110-- it's nice to offer a heat gradient- a piece of decor where they have different spots to sit stand lay etc-- everything else sounds good
Karrie

Ok awesome I actually just checked and his basking temp is 97 degrees. Thank you for the help! So happy everything else sounds good!

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:56 am
by Maddy5150
KarrieRee wrote:post a pic of him gaping--- is there any mucous coming out of the mouth nose - does he have bubbles in the mouth? Is he eating basking pooping and being active? Is his humidity in his tank below 70%? Good basking temps and good UVB and good diet will keep the vet away
Karrie

Hi so I actually just got a pic of ziggy gaping also I just found out ziggy is actually a girl so that's crazy! Let me know what you think about the pic!![Click image to enlarge]
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Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:37 am
by KarrieRee
Your basking bulb is a off colored? And yes that is normal for what hes doing- if your using a off colored bulb I recommend you change it out to a bright white bulb --- you want to mimic the sun as much as possible--
Karrie

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:21 am
by Maddy5150
KarrieRee wrote:Your basking bulb is a off colored? And yes that is normal for what hes doing- if your using a off colored bulb I recommend you change it out to a bright white bulb --- you want to mimic the sun as much as possible--
Karrie

It is white my phone makes it look green though! Lol

Re: my bearded dragon is gaping!! Help!!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:58 am
by KarrieRee
Ok
Karrie