slight calcium deficiency?

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slight calcium deficiency?

Postby SpikeTheLizard » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:40 pm

my dragon Spikey has not been eating a lot lately (possibly an early brumation) so she has not been getting her normal amount of calcium. Some of the scales on her belly have been shedding but only one scale at a time and it seems abnormal. could this be caused by a calcium deficiency? If this is true, is there a supplement I can give her? I thought about trying to give her some calcium dusted mealworms as a treat because she rarely turns down mealworms. Being a 2-year-old dragon, I offer her dubias 3 times a week but she usually only twice. is this normal?
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Re: slight calcium deficiency?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:33 pm

She might be slowing down for brumation. The single scale sheds are common with older dragons. That happens with my guy pretty regularly. She doesn't need bugs all that often as an adult. Once or twice per week is fine, especially if she's eating her salads. If she's going into brumation she is likely to not want food much at all for a while because her metabolism will be slowed. This also means that her weight will remain relatively stable. Keep track of that though. More generally, if you are concerned about her calcium intake I would focus on offering calcium rich greens such as collards or turnip greens as part of her salads.
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Re: slight calcium deficiency?

Postby Drache613 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:02 pm

Hello,

I agree, a lot of them have slown down for brumation & adults will most definitely not eat much
if anything at all for long periods of time.
Our adults go down & barely do anything for quite awhile.
Some extra dustings wouldn't hurt. Is your UVB light up to date also?

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Re: slight calcium deficiency?

Postby SpikeTheLizard » Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:16 pm

Spikey hates vegetables. I’ve tried them all and all in different ways but she doesn’t like them. What else should I do? My uv bulb was replaced last week.
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