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Brumation question

Postby Permutation » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:11 pm

Our 4 year old male beardie never seemed to fully come out of brumation this year. Usually he's brumating from about October to April.

This year he would come out and then go back to his cave, some days he would come out and be super active and eat and then sleep again for another whole day.

Now just recently these last 2 months he has thrown up a hornworm twice.

He's been seen by a experienced reptile vet, we have done blood work twice now once a month for 2 months and blood work looks good, we also had x-rays done and they look fine as well. He was also recently dewormed last month in preparation for his normal brumation schedule.

He is in a 4x2x2 enclosure with a basking spot of 100, an Arcadia 12% UVB and tile substrate. His UVB light is still producing proper ammounts of UVB, I check it regularly with my solar meter.

I guess I'm wondering if it's normal for a beardie to not come out of brumation fully for a whole year?
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Re: Brumation question

Postby claudiusx » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:18 am

Hi there,

No that's not really normal to brumate that long.

Are your lights on a timer? What is the schedule for them?

What uvi is your basking surface at?
Or how close is the Arcadia to the basking surface?

Has he lost any weight during this time? I hope the vet has been weighing him if you haven't.
It's probably a good idea to try to snap him out of it at this point.

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Re: Brumation question

Postby Permutation » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:24 pm

Ok yeah I didn't think so, was just seeing if anyone had experienced anything like this.

He hasn't lost weight he's actually gained 20 grams. I weigh him bi weekly.

His lights are on a 12 on 12 off schedule and 9am and 9pm

His basking surface where he sits reads a 4 on my Solar meter and what I've read says between 3-7 is what you want for a bearded dragon. The UVB is physically in his tank with no screen or mesh inbetween him and the UVB light, it sits about 8 inches above the basking spot.

My vet suspects GI stasis, he's going in Thursday for an exam and possible blood work.

I've been putting him under his lights whenever I go see him hide for too long.

Thank you for your input :)
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Re: Brumation question

Postby claudiusx » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:27 pm

Ok great, your setup sounds fine and your uvi levels are fine.

Well it's good that he hasn't been losing weight. He could possibly just be going through a super long brumation. I'd keep the lights on for at least 14 hours a day at this point if you're not already.

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Re: Brumation question

Postby Permutation » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:55 pm

Ok I'll definitely do that, leave the lights on for 14 hours, thanks so much for the advice!
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