Semi-brumation or problem?

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Semi-brumation or problem?

Postby Aaradimian » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:14 am

Hi everyone,

So my beardie Otto went into brumation in Nov. and slept on & off until early Feb. when he started coming out of it. He lost a small amount of weight, but nothing alarming, so we figured everything was good. However, his appetite never returned to pre-brumation levels, though he is eating a few bugs here & there and appears normal when he's up. His weight is still declining a little and he's taken to his hide again. I have tried switching up bugs & greens, but he's not interested.

With the little amount he's eating, he's barely pooping, so I'm waiting until he does again so I can take him & a sample to the vet to check for parasites. In the meantime, is there anything I should be looking for or doing? My biggest concern is that he wasn't getting calcium during brumation and isn't now because he's not really eating. I've mixed some Repashy vitamin + calcium powder in a dropper with water & kinda trick him into drinking it by dripping plain water on his snout until he starts drinking & then switching droppers. I don't want to force feed unless I have to.

I guess my question is: is he still partially in brumation or is this a sign of a problem, and if a problem, what do you suggest? His temps and lighting are good per the standard advice here, and he's a little over a year and half old. Thanks!
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Re: Semi-brumation or problem?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:43 am

From what I've seen, when they come out of brumation they start to get hyperactive for a while. They are so energetic they tend to lose weight during this period but gain it back when their appetite returns after they return to normal. This sounds like either he hasn't completely finished with brumation, or something else is up. Since he's still acting lethargic but is losing noticeable weight, I'd bring him in for a checkup. In the meantime try enticing him with some different foods. Maybe order some hornworms or something like that to try and gain some interest.
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