Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

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Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

Postby JustJoey » Mon May 21, 2018 9:44 pm

I had gotten my bearded dragon a pet expo recently and they were doing perfectly fine. The temperature is right and they have UV lighting. I feed them live and they usually attack the crickets immediately. I noticed for the past week or two that they have been spending all their time under their heating lamp, and seem uninterested in their food. They have also already shed and they appear to be lethargic as well. Their skin is a bit wrinkly on the sides as well and they have been getting stress marks. I really love my beardie, and would appreciate any help if possible.
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Re: Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

Postby CooperDragon » Tue May 22, 2018 2:39 pm

Can you post some photos of him and his setup? You can upload photos here https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ and post them to your thread using the XIMG button when you reply. If you can provide details about your setup I'll be happy to go through and see if anything stands out as a possible problem. Hopefully it's just a temporary slowdown period which they sometimes go through.
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Re: Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

Postby JustJoey » Tue May 22, 2018 4:03 pm

CooperDragon wrote:Can you post some photos of him and his setup? You can upload photos here https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ and post them to your thread using the XIMG button when you reply. If you can provide details about your setup I'll be happy to go through and see if anything stands out as a possible problem. Hopefully it's just a temporary slowdown period which they sometimes go through.


I've never heard of a "Slowdown period", Could you please explain that?
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Re: Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

Postby CooperDragon » Tue May 22, 2018 7:53 pm

Sometimes they just slow their systems down and take a break. This happens in between growth spurts when they are young and seasonally when they are older. They sleep a bit more and don't want as much food as usual. It's not as intense as brumation where they can shut down completely for months at a time but it's just a phase or rest period. I'm not saying that's the case here for sure but it's possible. If you can provide more detail about your setup I'll be glad to review to see if anything might be off which could also cause lethargic behavior.
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Re: Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

Postby JustJoey » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:06 pm

CooperDragon wrote:Sometimes they just slow their systems down and take a break. This happens in between growth spurts when they are young and seasonally when they are older. They sleep a bit more and don't want as much food as usual. It's not as intense as brumation where they can shut down completely for months at a time but it's just a phase or rest period. I'm not saying that's the case here for sure but it's possible. If you can provide more detail about your setup I'll be glad to review to see if anything might be off which could also cause lethargic behavior.


I'm so sorry for not responding earlier I had much to do and was away. I was actually able to find out what was wrong with him. It turns out he wasn't getting enough calcium. I bought him calcium and after he was being much more alert and began to have more periods when he wasn't stressed and even appeared to show more color! Thank you so much for your help!
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Re: Help! Strange behavior in beardie.

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:13 am

That's good to hear. Calcium is important in their diet. Bugs should be dusted with calcium supplement when you offer them and calcium rich greens like collards are a good thing to offer regularly too.
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