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Health questions about my bearded

Postby reptilemaster » Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:52 pm

So recently it kinda looks like Blaze's beard is bigger and more droopy. Does that just happen as they get older?
Also she seems to have had some digestion problems, she pooped in her cage a couple times this week and she usually doesn't do that. It was also more watery then normal. I wonder if she got too cold at night?
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby NibblezBeardie » Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:59 pm

Can you post pics?
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby reptilemaster » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:11 pm

NibblezBeardie wrote:Can you post pics?


Here, it looks fine to me but my mom actually said the beard looks more droopy.
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby NibblezBeardie » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:19 pm

Huh. Nibbles’s beard get kinda droopy like that when she’s just eaten a lot. Has Blaze eaten something big recently?
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby claudiusx » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:28 pm

Hi there,

How much does blaze weigh?

Do you notice blaze holding food in her throat when she eats instead of swallowing it? My Moro does this and it causes her beard to look droopy like that all the time. Its slowly be getting better though with me feeding her smaller amounts at a time.

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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby reptilemaster » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:42 pm

NibblezBeardie wrote:Huh. Nibbles’s beard get kinda droopy like that when she’s just eaten a lot. Has Blaze eaten something big recently?


No, this is several hours after she's eaten.

claudiusx wrote:Hi there,

How much does blaze weigh?

Do you notice blaze holding food in her throat when she eats instead of swallowing it? My Moro does this and it causes her beard to look droopy like that all the time. Its slowly be getting better though with me feeding her smaller amounts at a time.

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I don't know her wight, I don't have a good scale anymore.
She does hold hornworms in her throat sometimes, but she didn't have any today and I couldn't feel anything in there. I wonder if she just has got a big beard now? She does seem to like to puff, lol!
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:52 pm

Invest in a glass topped low profile set of kitchen scales and 2L ClearVue tub.

That said, she looks fine to me.
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:14 am

claudiusx wrote:Do you notice blaze holding food in her throat when she eats instead of swallowing it? My Moro does this and it causes her beard to look droopy like that all the time.

I haven't looked much into female behaviors--no interest in breeding. Is this something to do with females holding onto food to feed to hatchlings (like birds)?

For weekly weighing-in, we've been using an inexpensive digital postal scale; it seems to be good to within a gram.
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby reptilemaster » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:18 am

I'll looking into getting a new scale like that.
She does look fine and is acting normal, I wonder if it was just a couple of days she was too cold. It gets pretty cold in my drafty old house, even if we leave to heat at 60, there is still cold air leaks.
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby claudiusx » Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:34 am

Hi,

The neck wouldn't droop like that from the cold. It really only would be caused from holding food, fat deposits, or in rare cases, a growth. But it definitely doesnt look like a growth so I'm going with the other two options. Could you post a full body picture of her since you cant weigh her?

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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:31 am

reptilemaster wrote:She does look fine and is acting normal, I wonder if it was just a couple of days she was too cold. It gets pretty cold in my drafty old house, even if we leave to heat at 60, there is still cold air leaks.

One word: insulation :)
Some rigid foam insulation (pink, blue, or white) will do wonders with holding heat in a reptile enclosure. You can put some on any of the sidewalls not used for viewing, and the top (most heat loss occurs through the top) as long as it doesn't stop ventilation. None needed under the floor.
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Re: Health questions about my bearded

Postby reptilemaster » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:29 pm

Here is a full body photo of her.
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You can also admire her amazing orange color!

Note: There is not mysterious gel dripping from the uv light, thats just where I didn't wipe off the glass very well.
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