Baby beardie refuses food?

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Baby beardie refuses food?

Postby MintyGamer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:41 pm

We have a picky adult beardie, but she's always ready to eat. We recently got a new baby beardie, and it refuses to eat. I've offered crickets, waxworms, mealworms, and dubias to no avail, and i've tried spinage, nappa cabbage, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries to nothing. I've had it for about a week now. I

t is in a 10gal (will upgrade when it gets bigger) with a 50watt heat bulb and currently no UVB (the one we had broke, getting a new one on Wednesday, it's being shared between the two rn) and it is a very active little critter. I've been leaving it be (aside from a few times when I was making sure it was doing alright), I tried putting it in a smaller container with food all around it, it would grab a couple of mealies and a dubia, but nothing else.

Once in a while it'll lean up against the corner of the tank and just sit there. Ive been thinking it was too hot, so I'd turn off the light once in a while (we've been having 80 degree weather and it's been getting upto 90 inside)
The last time I cared for a little baby, it died, our current beardie was older when I got her. The baby I got was from a pet store, it had a toe bitten off (very well healed rn) and they said it was eating fine. Is there something wrong?? It's approx. 8in. from nose to tail.

Btw; Dubias are the staple of their diets, I offer mealies, crickets, and waxworms very occasionally to add some variety.
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Re: Baby beardie refuses food?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:55 pm

No UVB is playing a huge role in not eating --- and he needs to eat he is a baby and growing --- basking temps in the tank are also extremely important --- if you dont have any of this correct your going to end up w/a very sick baby --- my advice is to get your lighting correct ASAP- if you can take your baby outside for some direct sunlight 15 minutes in the sun is = to 4 hrs of UVB -- you need basking temps from a bright white basking bulb of 105-110- that will help digest his food but w/ no UVB and I am hoping you get a good one not a COIL --- you need a tube a Reptisun 10.0 either a T 5 or a T 8 -- he will not be able to absorb the nutrients in his food w/ out it------------ this is why hes not eating along w/ relocation stress as well --- spinach is not a good food to feed him - fruit is so so he is a baby and needs the protein at this point -- dubias are an excellent staple - he needs to eat as many as he can in 10-15 minutes or so - but w/ improper lighting you arent going to get him to eat! Here is a website for you for nutrition http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
basking temps need to be taken w/ either a digital probe or a infrared heat gun --- I would look at getting him out of that 10 gallon tank very soon it will soon be way to small for him-- having no UVB is going to make him sick ---
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Re: Baby beardie refuses food?

Postby MintyGamer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:02 pm

KarrieRee wrote:No UVB is playing a huge role in not eating --- and he needs to eat he is a baby and growing --- basking temps in the tank are also extremely important --- if you dont have any of this correct your going to end up w/a very sick baby --- my advice is to get your lighting correct ASAP- if you can take your baby outside for some direct sunlight 15 minutes in the sun is = to 4 hrs of UVB -- you need basking temps from a bright white basking bulb of 105-110- that will help digest his food but w/ no UVB and I am hoping you get a good one not a COIL --- you need a tube a Reptisun 10.0 either a T 5 or a T 8 -- he will not be able to absorb the nutrients in his food w/ out it------------ this is why hes not eating along w/ relocation stress as well --- spinach is not a good food to feed him - fruit is so so he is a baby and needs the protein at this point -- dubias are an excellent staple - he needs to eat as many as he can in 10-15 minutes or so - but w/ improper lighting you arent going to get him to eat! Here is a website for you for nutrition http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
basking temps need to be taken w/ either a digital probe or a infrared heat gun --- I would look at getting him out of that 10 gallon tank very soon it will soon be way to small for him-- having no UVB is going to make him sick ---
Karrie

The one I've been switching between cages has been a reptisun 10.0 tho I didn't know I could give it UVB from the sun, I'll definitely take it outside during the days and let it enjoy the sun
I'm hoping to to upgrade it's home pretty soon!
I'll definitely get something to mesure temp, we've never had an issue of it before--
Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!
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