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I noticed recently that my girl is showing signs of MBD. Her appetite lowered, she's gotten lazier and doesn't perk up and bask like usual. What sealed the deal today is that I picked her up and bathed her and when I went to put her back she moved with twitchy jerky motions. Now I'm really worrying. Her conditions are near perfect.
I use an Exo-Terra Repti Glo 10.0 UVB that spans 3/4 of the tank and it is not covered by anything and is about 6 inches away from her when she basks. Her spot is always 99-104F, warm side 90ish, cool side is 80. I feed her dubia that I breed and she almost always refuses salad, but I'm not too worried as she's about 9 months old. The dubia get dusted with calcium without D3 and probably eat better than I do.
I can post some pictures of her when I get home later but she just looks like a normal dragon, there's nothing visibly wrong other than she's not perked up. Any help would be great. I can't think of anything else other than MBD but that just wouldn't make sense. Thank you in advance!
There is a slight possibility but that would be from over-use. Some people offer insects that are heavily dusted like powdered donuts but the idea is just a light coating on one meal a day as beardies are growing. As adults you only dust them 1-2X a week with D3 and once without.
Beardies that spend a lot of time in natural sun don't actually need supplemental D3 but the bulbs we use are not powerful enough that we should leave out the D3 powder.
So D3 should clear this issue up? I just hope this doesn't get worse
It may as long as there are no other problems. It wouldn't hurt to have a fecal test done as well, but the lethargy + shakiness sounds more like calcium deficiency. If you live in a warm area [ how happy you must be if you do ] then getting her in the sun can help if it's a D3 problem.
What would be an okay temp? I'm in South texas so it gets 80 as a high. That seems good enough?
Perfect ! If you have a yard just sit out in the grass with her since she can't move fast enough to get away from you. You might also consider something like this if it works for you. Of course you'd supervise , I'm not sure what animals or insects you might have to be careful of.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... MKUqS4SGWw
And if she's not eating well you might look in to liquid calcium....that website might sell it, if not one of the mods, [ Drache613 ] has it on her website.
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