Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

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Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby guel13b » Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:51 pm

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Just had a follow uo stool sample done today. Al th parasites my dragon had were gone after a long battle of trying to get rid of them. (Pain in the *****). Any ways the vet said he found grain mites in his stool. They were all dead and said they woundt harm my beardie and i shouldnt worry. I wana know if i feed my guy supers that have grain mites will my BD get sick from the mites. Should i be worried. Should i get rid of my super worms? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby Drache613 » Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:22 pm

Hello,

Grain mites are pretty common & shouldn't really pose a health threat. What type of substrate do you keep the superworms in?
Was his fecal clear, other than the mites found?

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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby guel13b » Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:13 am

Supers are on oatmeal amd the fecal did come back clear thank god it was a hastle dealing with. One quick question he constanly has his mouth slightly open like he's gapping but the temps are on point. Basking is at 104 and warm is at like 80 85. Humidity is 20 to 30 % no signs of RI. Any suggestions?
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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby Drache613 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:48 pm

Hello,

That is great his fecal came back normal then, no worries.
Just be sure the oatmeal is changed out somewhat frequently when it starts breaking down. Do you use potatoes, apples or carrots for moisture?
Could he be trying to brumate a little bit?
Does he gape in his tank or when he is out of his tank?
Maybe try to decrease his cooler end to a range of 78-82 or so, just a slight adjustment. How old is he?

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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby guel13b » Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:32 pm

Hey sorry for the long wait phone broke and just got a new one. Thanks for getting back. I use carrots and apples for moisture and gutloading. He was in brumation, he would always go in his cave and sleep. But lately he's been out and about but would go back in. I think he's undecided on brumation lol. He gapes in the tank and sometimes out of it but mostly in the tank. He is about a year and 4 months about 500 grams and 19 1/2". Would post a pic but dont really know how.
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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby Drache613 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:10 pm

Hello,

No problem! :D
At his size, brumation is perfectly normal. Carrots & apples are fine for using in the mix.
Do you use organic oatmeal for the bedding too?
When they are undecided they will go in & out frequently. I am glad that he is doing well!

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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby guel13b » Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:18 am

Yes i do use organic oatmeal. And yeah he's a little undecided trying to get him to eat his greens again but he's being very stubburn. Thanks for all the help tho. Really apreciate it.
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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby MelissaM » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:19 pm

Question. ..what does it mean if they gap outside of the cage frequently?
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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby Drache613 » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:27 pm

Hello,

That is good he is thinking about eating his greens, hopefully he will learn to like them. They can be very stubborn about it, that is for sure.
Good, the organic oatmeal is healthier!

To MelissaW, they can gape out of their tanks if they are trying to thermoregulate. You can start your own thread so we can review your tank setup also.

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Re: Are grain mites harmful to bearded dragons?

Postby guel13b » Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:30 am

Now that ive menchened it what are some ways to get him to eat greens ive tried soo many ways and he refuses them almost everytime.
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