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Hello! We're new here and looking for some advice!

Postby WeirdoWithABeardo » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:51 am

Hi! My name is Katey and I have a sweetheart of a beardie named Amber. I got Amber back in April at approximately a couple months old. Recently, my family and friends have been calling her fat and I've been doing research on fat beardies and I've come up inconclusive. The videos and articles I've dug up say that the signs of an overweight dragon are a huge belly, big jowls, big fat pads, and a thick and squishy tail. When I look over Amber, I've noticed she's kinda in the middle. She has a roundish belly, but it doesn't drag on the ground when she walks, her jowls hang down when she's relaxed but look relatively normal. Her fat pads look normal and her tail as a slight squish underneath but besides that is pretty solid. I'm thinking that the main reason to why she's got some squish is to the fact that she's outgrown her tank. She's currently in a 40 gallon breeder that I can't really fit too much decor in. I want to upgrade her to a 48Lx18Dx24H terrarium so she has more room to run around in and I can put more climbing stuff in. Unfortunately, I don't have an exact weight and length on her due to the fact that I lost my tape measure and I don't have a scale. On the plus side, I do have a photo of her next to a Nintendo Switch so hopefully that will give some perspective.

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Sorry some of the photos are a little blurry. I didn't realize it until I was looking at the preview of this post.
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Re: Hello! We're new here and looking for some advice!

Postby DorgEndo » Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:55 pm

Welcome! The photos are a little blurry but they are okay. I'm no expert but my understanding is that is takes several signs for a dragon to be overweight. Your girl may be on the beginning end for being overly fat. But, for example, sometimes a dragon might have bigger jowls just because that is their shape. I was there not too long ago with my girl being overly fat, diagnosed by my vet. Decreased fatty treat bugs and all bugs overall was the plan my vet thought was best. And I kept feeding leafy greens and vegetables every day

A bigger enclosure is a good plan. Make sure to get a longer UVB light as well. You should also prepare that all your normal lights may need to change to heat up that bigger space. It is worth it in the long run to get a big enclosure for your dragon of course, and it's so fun to fill their bigger home with climbing stuff, hides, hammocks, and anything Beardie friendly

If you don't have a tape measure dollar bills are a quick substitute. Each USA bill is exactly 6 inches long (if you're in the US). The Switch is 9.25 inches long
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Re: Hello! We're new here and looking for some advice!

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:58 pm

She looks great----- I think your doing a good job w/ her --- how long is the UVB fixture ? If its a 24" that is good for the next tank you get - you dont want one the same length as tank -- they need to be able to escape those rays w/ out having to hide from their UVB
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Re: Hello! We're new here and looking for some advice!

Postby Gormagon » Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:04 pm

She looks like a happy, healthy girl to me. I see very little weight issues here. Being 8 to 9 months old she looks to be on track. She's got good muscle tone as well.
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Re: Hello! We're new here and looking for some advice!

Postby Claudiusx » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:43 am

Better late than never, but Welcome to the site! :D

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