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It's very normal for them to move between spots. However, it depends on how much, and it depends on the demeanor of the dragon. My dragon is VERY lazy. She spends most of her day perched up on her basking spot. Even when I take her out to roam, she tends to stay in one spot most of the time. How much time is your dragon spending in the cool end? They should spend most of the day in the warm end. I ask because if he is spending more time in the cool end, the warm side may actually be TOO warm. Also, he is not an adult until around 18 months. At 13 months, they are still considered a juvenille. Just to clarify
he spends majority on cool side. I use digital thermometers with probes to determine temps and also use ir gun. his warm side is at 91-93 degrees and cool side 79-80 degrees. basking rock is at 107 degrees. should I try cooking the warm side down some?
Those temps seem correct however you could turning it down in the basking area to 103 or 104 and see what happens. I know the recommended temperature range is from 105 to 115. But my girl seems to prefer it closer to 100. At one point, I had the basking spot at 110 and she was NOT a fan. Maybe your guy feels similarly, lol.
The term for the behavior is "shuttling" and it's totally normal thermoreguatory behavior. As long as your dragon is active (not sleeping on the cool side or listless there) or avoiding the warm side I wouldn't worry and it's probably a good way for him to get some exersize. Prolonged basking can actually be a negative behavior and can indicate low temps.
Make sure the basking area is a nice large patch of even warmth and let him do his thing
may I ask what listless is? and yes he is still active and moves around a good bit. he is a rather lazy guy and doesn't move all day long. he likes to find comfy spots and watch everything going on in the house. here is a pic of his setup right now. [Click image to enlarge]
Listless would be... sortof droopy and sickly.
Dragons a natural energy conservers, but if he is alert and otherwise active just hangs out on the cool side I wouldn't worry. Pepper hangs out more in the middle of his cage and spends all day going back and forth.
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