Hiding and Sleeping

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Hiding and Sleeping

Postby Deabrua » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:24 pm

What would cause a dragon to bask less, often times hiding/sleeping? Her temps aren't too high, albeit they might be a little too low. She's still eating just like normal, if I take her out of the tank she goes between running around per usual or sleeping on me. She used to sleep on her basking log, but anymore she wants to be covered while she sleeps. Whether that's by a blanket or a hide depends on whether she's in/out of tank. Her poop is normal, tank hasn't changed. She's temporarily on a zilla reptile food due to issues with the most recent cricket order. The food has crickets, mealworms, silkworm pupae, bok choy, zucchini, green beans, peas, bananas, and carrots. Usually this is used as a treat more than daily food but it's what she has for a week while the next order ships. She's also being given her normal greens on top of it which currently include endive, collard greens, and kale (she eats more greens altogether if I include at least a tiny bit of kale).

Note: if you're familiar with my previous posts you'll know her tank is too small, and her larger one is just about finished. But this shouldn't cause her to hide over bask.
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:48 pm

Lighting? What lighting do you have ? UVB brand and bulb? Has she been tested for parasites? Is she about to shed?
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:00 pm

When did this behavior start? It's possible she is starting to slow down a bit for brumation.
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby Deabrua » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:22 pm

The behavior started in the past week, possibly two weeks. The heat bulb is a zoomed 100W spot lamp, which is definitely not sufficient. The basking spot doesn't reach 100F and it's not a large tank.

As for UVB, T5 10.0 tube by... Probably zoomed. I don't remember the brand, but it's either zoombed or zilla. She just finished shedding a week or two ago. She hasn't been tested for parasites.

Note: she's about 10.5 months old. She previously had a stronger bulb that got 105-110F, but without the lid on the tank could rise to 130 so while we went on vaca I switched to the weaker bulb (90/95) as I didnt trust the person taking care of her to not fry her. Going to switch back tomorrow since she only has 3 hours of light left today.
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:38 pm

Please find out the brand of UVB-- if it's a zilla it's not a good bulb--- get your heat temps back up as well-- we need to get the lighting straightened out to see if this the cause
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby Deabrua » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:46 pm

https://zoomed.com/t5-ho-reptisun-10-0-uvb/
This is the tube she's had for 6 months now.

As for basking temps, I'm not sure what to do when a 100W can't crack 100F. The other bulb I tried before was a 60W halogen that hit 105-110F, but I'm not so sure those bulbs are a good idea.
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:52 pm

You need a good bright white basking bulb that will get temps to 95-105-- if you offer a gradient like different places for her to bask would be good
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby Deabrua » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:56 pm

Are PAR halogens safe? If so, I've several that were doing well.
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:59 pm

Yep. I use a PAR38 and it works well. The BR30 and BR40 are usually good options too if you don't need the bulb to be as flat.
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Re: Hiding and Sleeping

Postby ncc74656 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:13 pm

my beardie will do this, she will find a cool spot and curl up to sleep. she like to be near the furnace inlet and fans (any flowing air). at times she will sleep in the back of the closet by the front door and on really hot days ill find her in the bathroom; sprawled out on the tiles with her head pressed against the bath tub
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