Baby Beardie stressed!? Help please!

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Baby Beardie stressed!? Help please!

Postby NovaBeardie » Fri May 25, 2018 8:18 am

I got a new baby bearded dragon yesterday in the mail from a breeder and he ate a couple of roaches yesterday and barely any salad. He hasn't drunk water that I have seen and he hasn't gone to the bathroom yet either. He is also showing major stress colors. He was a nice citrus and he is now gone to a brownish black on his back. I am really worried about him. Is this normal??? What should I do?
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Re: Baby Beardie stressed!? Help please!

Postby CooperDragon » Fri May 25, 2018 11:12 am

If it has only been a day I wouldn't be too concerned, especially since he ate a little bit. Does he have his head up and is alert or is he acting sleepy and lethargic? Give him a few days to settle in and get used to his new home he will probably be just fine.
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Re: Baby Beardie stressed!? Help please!

Postby NovaBeardie » Tue May 29, 2018 6:52 am

CooperDragon wrote:If it has only been a day I wouldn't be too concerned, especially since he ate a little bit. Does he have his head up and is alert or is he acting sleepy and lethargic? Give him a few days to settle in and get used to his new home he will probably be just fine.


I've now had him for 5 days and just this morning he is way darker than yesterday. Should I be concerned how long should I wait before it can become an issue? Also, I have not seen him drink water yet and I tried the putting water on his nose and he refuses to lick it off any suggestions?
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Re: Baby Beardie stressed!? Help please!

Postby lizardmom25 » Tue May 29, 2018 7:24 am

NovaBeardie wrote:
CooperDragon wrote:If it has only been a day I wouldn't be too concerned, especially since he ate a little bit. Does he have his head up and is alert or is he acting sleepy and lethargic? Give him a few days to settle in and get used to his new home he will probably be just fine.


I've now had him for 5 days and just this morning he is way darker than yesterday. Should I be concerned how long should I wait before it can become an issue? Also, I have not seen him drink water yet and I tried the putting water on his nose and he refuses to lick it off any suggestions?

They typically don't drink. They get the moisture they need from their food. I very rarely if ever see mine drink. They darker colors are nothing to worry about. They WILL change color. Sometimes they get darker when they are trying to absorb more heat from their basking lamp, sometimes when they are getting ready to shed. It really isn't a big deal. Give him time to settle in. Minimum of a week, but really more like 2 before they are acting 100% comfortable.
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Re: Baby Beardie stressed!? Help please!

Postby NovaBeardie » Thu May 31, 2018 8:22 am

lizardmom25 wrote:
NovaBeardie wrote:
CooperDragon wrote:If it has only been a day I wouldn't be too concerned, especially since he ate a little bit. Does he have his head up and is alert or is he acting sleepy and lethargic? Give him a few days to settle in and get used to his new home he will probably be just fine.


I've now had him for 5 days and just this morning he is way darker than yesterday. Should I be concerned how long should I wait before it can become an issue? Also, I have not seen him drink water yet and I tried the putting water on his nose and he refuses to lick it off any suggestions?

They typically don't drink. They get the moisture they need from their food. I very rarely if ever see mine drink. They darker colors are nothing to worry about. They WILL change color. Sometimes they get darker when they are trying to absorb more heat from their basking lamp, sometimes when they are getting ready to shed. It really isn't a big deal. Give him time to settle in. Minimum of a week, but really more like 2 before they are acting 100% comfortable.


Okay Thanks! You were right about colors darkening before a shed because he is in full shed right now! Thanks for the feedback!! :D
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