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Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:33 pm

My Oscar is about seven months old I have had him for four months. I have tried every single type of green veggies etc. since day one and the only thing I can get him to eat besides crickets is Peas. He is 12 inches long from nose to end of tail and weighs 99grams. His poops are also very odd looking kind of muddy is this normal? I am new to this group if somebody could explain to me how to upload pictures I can show you all what it looks like
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:48 pm

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ click on XIMG at top of message box and click on the pic and it should post----- poops should look formed moist w/ white urate - sometimes extra water is excreted which is good --- please post pics of his tank and lighting as well --- here is a nutrition website for you http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
have you tried BSFL ? https://symtonbsf.com/
Try feeding vegies first thing in the morning --- peas are not a good staple feeder --- add 1-3 super worms on top w/ some BSFL as well as many as you want to get him to feeder bowl --- make sure he sees you doing this and that will draw him to the bowl-- BSFl are a staple and do not need to be dusted - try that and see how it goes
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby AHBD » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:27 am

Lots of dragons can be picky about food, kind of like kids + teenagers. :) It sounds like he's doing reasonably well and peas are fine if that's his preference. Frozen thawed always better than canned [ too much sodium in canned ] Just gut load the crickets well with healthy left over veggies and keep offering greens like kale, turnip, mustard, collard in small amounts . A mushy poo may be no problem, at some point you might opt for a fecal exam but it doesn't sound like he's having any health problems .
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:05 am

Here is oscar and poop pic[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:09 am

Lighting in the tank has a lot to do w/ digestion-- what kind of UVB are you using? Brand and bulb?
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:15 am

T5 HO 24” reptisun 10.0 UVB best of the best! Exo terra 75w basking bulb (105 Degrees basking rock) exo terra day time bulb on opposite side of tank(80-85 degrees) Ceramic heat emitter at night(tank temp 70degrees) Daytime lights come on at 6:30 AM and shut off at 6:30 PM.
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:21 am

How do I upload more pictures or video when I click on the XIMG above it only lets me pull up the two pictures I already posted???? I want to post a video of tank set up....sorry new to this
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:34 am

You can upload to youtube if you like and post a link to it here--- there are some other ways too but not sure how --- some others on here can respond on how to do that --- also when you upload more pics you can click on the pic after you click on XIMG and it will post that pic you clicked on-- have your message box up and at the top of the message box click on XIMG and pics will pop up
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:39 am

I will try that.... did u see my reply to lighting used and does poop look like parasites?
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:01 am

So you have good lighting -- how long has poop been like this and if not long its possible he had upset stomach and it looks like this --- if this is a constant on going thing I am going to say diet and maybe parasites-- does his poop smell like you want to leave the room stinky? Normal stink but really stinky? If its the stink thats driving you out of the room then its possible parasites-- you can call your vet and ask how much a fecal test is and see if you can drop one off to be tested for parasites and go from there if you like --
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:05 am

I have had him for three months his poop has always kind of been that way and yes they STINK!!!!!! Shows no other signs though. Very active, growing, etc
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby AHBD » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:05 am

Your lighting + heat are all good and the poo is not out of the ordinary. I don't see anything to worry about. It's always a chance of parasites in any reptile, even if the stool is what's considered perfectly formed and they all have a bad odor. But again, this is not out of the ordinary at all. His appetite is good and he looks good as well. :)
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:34 am

I made an appointment with the vet for next month so I will know for sure. I’m just a worry wart want to make sure he’s perfectly healthy plus I would love to know if he’s definitely a male and a better idea on actual age
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby AHBD » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:39 am

It's always a good idea , that will put your mind at ease as long as you have an experienced vet. :) Can you post pics here with the tail arched up ? We can likely tell you boy/girl. This short article shows the angle to arch the tail, scroll to the picture :
https://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/sexing/
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Re: Only will eat crickets

Postby Mflav » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:12 am

I can see femoral pores and the two lumps at the base of tail so I’m 99% sure he is a boy
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