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my beardie is weird

Postby lexieblack » Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:02 am

Hi,
I've got a beardie for 11 months now and he doesn't want to flat. He never has, like even when he was little he would bask but not flattening. He's been to the vet because of an infection but the vet didn't know exactly why he doesn't flat. He just said he's a bit weird because he doen't flatten and has weird eye shape but he is alright. He is quite active, eats greens and worms, locusts. Has moments when he will hunt his food and moments when he doesn't even touch the food. Some days he will run all around his vivarium and other days he just likes to sit under his tree trunk. I think he is skinny but the vet didn't say anything about that. Any ideas to why he doesn't flatten?[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby CooperDragon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:49 am

His head looks a bit more rounded like a baby dragon rather than adult too. I'm not sure if there is anything to that, just an observation. Have you been monitoring his weight? I'd keep track of his weight to make sure it is stable. He does look a bit skinny but if his weight is stable that's probably OK. If he is active and eating regularly that's also a good sign. I don't have an answer as to why he doesn't flatten out when he basks though.
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby lexieblack » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:52 am

I don't monitor his weight but I'll start doing that. I'm wondering now if maybe he is a cross between a Rankin and a normal bearded dragon because it would make sense why he is like that....
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:24 am

Unlikely.... all his physical characteristics are indicative of a lean juvenile central.

He probably isn't flattening out because his viv is too warm. Check the temperatures with a digital thermometer like this http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4x-LCD-Digit ... 1259141696
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby lexieblack » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:47 am

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I have a thermostat I keep it up to a 32 degrees. We leave sometimes the vivarium open cause he loves a run around the room so it goes to a 29.5. But he never flattens, he never did not even when he is out his vivarium. He sometimes looks like he does it but it still doenst look like what I've seen on other bearded.
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby PrettyinPurple » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:12 am

It honestly sounds like you're not keeping the viv warm enough. Normal temperatures are supposed to be 25-35 (which you've got at 32 degrees Celsius), but basking is supposed to be at 38-42. My beardies are most comfortable when their tank is an overall 90 degrees Fahrenheit (I'm not sure how that translates to celsius).
Also, I wanted to comment on his head. The first picture it looks like his bottom lip is sagging and that's very concerning to me. I've never seen a bearded dragon do that before....
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby lexieblack » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:10 am

If it's more then that he goes to the cool side so I guessed it was because it's too hot. The mouth like that is been having since he was a baby... it's kinda always been like that. He's tail was broke when I got him but I took him to the vet and the vet said he is alright but just weird looking....
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Re: my beardie is weird

Postby PrettyinPurple » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:02 am

If your bearded dragon has been acting like that when you turn the heat up, then you've probably made the right decision! When Mouse's viv was too warm, she wouldn't go near the heat source and would act plain uncomfortable. Honestly if your vet thinks he's okay, then I don't think you have too much to worry about. Every bearded dragon is different and yours may just not feel like flattening out.
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