My Beardie Won't Drink Water

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My Beardie Won't Drink Water

Postby MrChenMan » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:41 pm

My beardie Winter is about 1 year old now and I've had him since he was 4 months old. I've been trying to get him to properly drink water for a while now but I can't find any way to do it. I started off with a water bowl and I would tap my finder in it to make a ripple effect. Nothing. I knew they're used to drinking moving water so I got an exo terra medium waterfall, he won't drink from that either. I even tried filling a syringe with water and dropping it on his snout but still he doesn't drink. I'm now trying to spray the edges of the tank where his head is to see if he'll drink from that but he hasn't done that either. I give him baths ever week or so and I tend to spray his body every morning but I don't think he likes being sprayed so I don't really want to do that anymore.

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Re: My Beardie Won't Drink Water

Postby PDXoilman » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:00 am

I was always taught that not all Beardies "Drink" - but that they absorb water through their skin, which is why it's important to give them a good soak. We soak our 203 times a week in the tub, and she's almost 2. I've only seen her drink once.
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Re: My Beardie Won't Drink Water

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:52 am

They can get most of their hydration from fresh food. Keep the bugs eating fresh veges and offer fresh salads every day and it should be fine. It sounds like he is getting enough water if he isn't licking from the syringe or going to the water when you flick at it. Keep offering but if he isn't interested, that's OK. It most likely just means he is well hydrated from his food.
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Re: My Beardie Won't Drink Water

Postby EllenD » Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:54 am

He doesn't need to drink water at all if his diet is appropriate, beardies in the wild drink little to no water at all, and most pet beardies don't drink water either. He should be getting his hydration from plenty of live, juicy insects and fresh greens and veggies daily. Most will not drink out of a bowl at all, and leaving a bowl of water in their enclosures overnight can be dangerous if they lay in them and fall asleep, as they often do, because their body temp can drop dangerously low. Since they usually don't drink from a water bowl it's useless to put one in their tanks.

You can try dripping water from either an eyedropper or an oral syringe on his snout, so it drips down over his lips, to see if he'll lick it off. If he does, then continue to drip it, drip by drip, until he stops, and do that 2 times a day. But again, most won't drink it, or if they do it's only a drop or two. Some beardies will drink water while in a bath, but again, most won't. If you try all of these things and your beardie doesn't drink, it's because he most likely is getting adequate hydration from his daily live bugs and fresh greens and veggies. This is why you must offer plenty of live bugs and fresh greens and veggies every single day, and absolutely no "freeze-dried" bugs or greens/veggies, or already dead insects, because they contain no moisture.

So again, you can try the drippin method, but if he won't drink that way, or from a bowl or his bath, it's perfectly okay as long as you're feeding him properly. I had my first beardie from a month old to almost 13 years old, and I never saw him take a drink of water...I would mist his enclosure once a day, making sure I sprayed his fake plants and rocks, maybe he occasionally licked the drops off, maybe not, I never saw him do it, I mainly did that for his shedding, but neither him nor my now 10 month old girl or my 4 month old boy have ever really taken a drink, and they are very well hydrated.
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