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Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:13 am

Hey guys
so my big girl recently started shedding & she was eating great at the beginning of her shed.
Now she didn't eat today but I'm guessing that's normal because she's shedding.

What about the basking part?
will shedding affect her basking
because she will bask just not as much as she used to.
basking temp is 100
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby claudiusx » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:22 am

Shedding is an annoying frustrating time for them. It's very common for them to lose some of their appetite during a shed. If they aren't eating as much they won't be needing to bask/ digest as much.

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:59 am

So she's still not really basking
I'm wondering if it's when I removed the mesh screen top.
I don't want to put it back on because I heard it blocks UV
She's always wanted to bask when the mesh screen was on top

What do you guys think?
Will she start to bask again, maybe she needs to get used to it without a mesh top

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby claudiusx » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:07 am

What uvb bulb are you using and how close can she get to it now that the screen is off?
Is she back to eating yet?

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:11 am

125W MVB solar glo
It's about 13" up from the basking spot
basking spot is about 100
Yes she is eating
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby claudiusx » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:17 am

Ok I'm glad the appetite came back. Did removing the mesh make the rest of the tank cooler? You might want to try lowering the solarglo a bit to bump the temp closer to 105. How long have you had the solarglo? They do degrade with time.

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:23 am

Yes me too.

Well the light was on top of the mesh
Maybe it cooled down.
The other day it was 105, she still wouldn't bask.
I've had it for 3 months & I replace it next month

I've noticed ever since I took off that mesh top, she doesn't want to bask like she used to.
Maybe just give it some time?
Or should I put the mesh screen back on
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby claudiusx » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:38 am

I would just give it some time personally. especially if she isn't acting any different besides the fact.

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:02 am

Okay thank you.

Shes acting lazy but usually that's her deamenor
Shes sitting next to her basking spot it's not like she's on the cool side
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:06 am

Okay so I dunno what the problem is
She's not eating nearly as much & she's losing weight
I got a clean fecal march 3rd
could this be respiratory infection?
She's been making clicking noises with her mouth
The clicking noises aren't too noticeable

Or can they lose weight during a shed?
She just got done with her shed today.
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:25 am

Bump.
Anyone?
I'm at a loss I dunno what's going on

Fecal has been sent in & I have an appointment monday
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:18 pm

What is her weight? How much has she lost over how long of a period? Can you post some current photos of her?
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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:56 pm

Her weight was a stable 798G then it goes down to 781G which is today so 17G in a week is what she lost.
Fecal screening was negative
I have a vet appointment Monday
& I will post some photos soon

EDIT:
Here she is
She did eat 9 supers today
I hope it was just her shed making her act this way

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby claudiusx » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:29 pm

Nearly 800g is huge lol.
And 9 supers is a pretty good amount. When I had adults I was feeding them 5 supers max a day or every other day. Supers are very fattening you should limit the amount of supers for sure. Sure they can eat more, but they dont need to eat more.

Imo yours can afford to lose some weight, although in the picture she doesnt really look fat. How long is she?

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Re: Not basking enough not eating during shed

Postby SkittlesK » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:15 pm

Yes lol
I've been told she's big
She's about 21" so nearly 2 ft

Ive been told supers can be a staple but noticed they are very fattening
I will look into switching to dubias as they carry them here

So maybe nothing is wrong with her
Maybe I need to work on her diet a bit
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