Bearded won't go on his basking rock

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Bearded won't go on his basking rock

Postby amr17 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:01 pm

Hi,
I'm new to this forum, and also have had my first bearded dragon for only a few months! He seems very healthy, but I am concerned that lately he will not stay on his basking rock. Normally after he eats he will lay out on his rock and digest, but lately he immediately goes under the rock to his hide spot. He does adventure his tank throughout the day, he has a hammock and a branch under the UVB which he lays out on, but never on top of the rock. I'm wondering if it is too hot? I have the temp gauge a few inches over the rock and it is reading 104 degrees, I'm assuming closer to the rock it's right about 100? Is that too hot for the basking spot? Or are there other reasons anyone is aware of why he will not stay on his rock? Right in front of the rock there is a dig box and he will lay out on the edge of that, it's slightly out of the light. Should I try a lower wattage basking light? It's a 150 in 40gallon tanks!

Thanks for the help in advance!
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Re: Bearded won't go on his basking rock

Postby kingofnobbys » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:03 pm

The surface of the rock may be considerably warmer than you think, hence beardie wont go there.

How did you measure the basking spot temperature ?

best to get surface temperatures accurately using a thermometer like this http://www.dshop.com.au/buy/infrared-no ... AsIP8P8HAQ

the smaller the spot ratio the better (mine has a 18:1) , cheaper models have 10:1 and 12:1 which means if 12:1 the diameter of the spot being measured at 12cm is 1cm diameter, and you get the average temperature for that spot area.
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Re: Bearded won't go on his basking rock

Postby amr17 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:36 am

Thank you, that's very helpful ! I don't have anything to measure surface temperature, just a standard temperature gauge that hangs on the back of the tank. I will look into that!
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Re: Bearded won't go on his basking rock

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:59 pm

amr17 wrote:Thank you, that's very helpful ! I don't have anything to measure surface temperature, just a standard temperature gauge that hangs on the back of the tank. I will look into that!


If it's one of those dial analog types , they are hopelessly inaccurate , can be out by more than 20%.

The current temperature gauge only give air temp, and is probably also too distant from the basking spot to be in a hope of giving a good temp reading even if it were accurate. This is why I use a brace of digital thermometers who have probes on the end of cable about 1m long & an laser thermometer.
CBDs: Puff ( RIP 10Dec2015 (3.2 years old (aneurism)) ,Rex (RIP 16Mar2017 at 4.6 yrs old (unexplained death)) , both adopted at 6wks old..Toothless & Peppa : (5 wks old 19dec2015).
Eastern BT Skinks : George & Mildred (born Sept 2010).
Eastern Water Skinks : Lucky (wild juvenile), rescued from a cat.Taken by a SI and far too soon, 9mths with us. RIP 21Jul2010.Wriggles - (rescued injured), small lizard thought she was a big lizard, 7-8 yrs old, died in her sleep, RIP 2Feb2016.)
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