Welcome back to world after 1st brumate my girl Devlyn 1/04

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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby DorgEndo » Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:51 pm

claudiusx wrote:How funny she instantly wanted the dark box haha :)

I also gave her a small amount of soil. Barely had any organic potting soil that was safe to use. I know loose substrate can be controversial, but I have been thinking for awhile now half loose and half tile would be a good choice for my Devlyn. It might be necessary too if she becomes gravid after brumating :shock:

The dirt may have been more appealing than just a big dark box. She shaped the dirt into the perfect little soft bed from nose to tail
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby claudiusx » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:40 pm

I've been thinking about switching back one of my tanks to sand, just for old times sake and to see how I like it. I originally used sand when I first started, but eventually switched over to tile for cleanliness. The whole impaction issue wasn't really an issue to me.
I do think it gives the dragons some form of enrichment to have at least somewhere to dig or mess around in. But I sometimes wonder if I'm thinking about it simply because it's something I want to try again, or if it's really because I think it's best for the interests of the dragon.

It's a fine line to walk. Over the years I've learned to just let people do what they want, and what makes them happy. There are tons of ways to raise a healthy dragon, just like their are tons of ways to raise a healthy kid. Everyone has their opinions and not everyone is 100% right or 100% wrong.

Oh I'm rambling lol..

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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby DorgEndo » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:41 am

Devlyn woke up a bit today. She ruined her perfect dirt bed. Kicking dirt everywhere. In her lizard brain I'm sure she figured dirt is what the ground is made of so she thought there would be more...

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I'll get more organic top soil and I'll get playsand today. Do a 50/50 mix. Make a big pile for the cool side of her tank and put her ramen noodle box back on top, lol
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby DorgEndo » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:56 pm

Dirt. It happened.

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Above Devlyn in her teeny dirt pile.
Below, sans Devlyn, adding the big dirt pile!

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Final step, return the dragon to new big dirt pile, see below

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She was unsure if she liked it for about a half hour. I put her ramen box back and she thought for a half hour before going back into her box. Then she dug for a solid 3 hours. SOLID. It sounded exactly like a mouse in the wall. My mother-in-law's house is full of mice and my brain keeps thinking I hear mice in my house walls.

She refused water but had a small lick of dirt. Don't eat the dirt Devlyn. Dirt is not food. I know she was only smelling it like a lizard does, still looked funny to see her lick dirt. Smacking her dragon lips something like a dozen times while she smell-tasted the dirt she licked up

Probably won't update for awhile. Sleepy digging dragon seems to be brumating with wake ups just fine
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby claudiusx » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:42 pm

Looks like devlyn liked the digging time then! Boy 3 hours? I guess shes built up a bunch of energy with all the sleeping.

Hmm makes me want to give my guys a digging box to play in.

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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby DorgEndo » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:31 am

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Brumation update. How exciting!? .....................

It is hard to say when day 1 of brumation was. Hindsight shows me she was getting ready in September, but I don't think she was comfortably brumating until middle-late of October when I got her dirt and a bigger hide to stay inside. I can say it has been 89 days since she ate food. Yesterday we did a bath and she drank. Drank water. This is the second (?) time I have ever seen her drink water. It is a big deal to me that she drank water. Weight 380 grams.

Showed her some bugs, she looked, thought about it, then decided brumating was way too cool to quit now. I put her under her hot lamp to dry off after the bath, which I usually do. After she was completely dry she went back to snooze.

Basking after a bath - she always dries herself nice after a bath. She is a smart girl who knows she should dry off all her scales.
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Looking at bugs, but didn't have any, she went back into the ramen box. You can see some of her dirt bed (playsand/organic topsoil 50/50 mix).
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My husband and I joke that we do not have a pancake right now. We have ramen noodles. Cold ramen noodles. We miss hot pancake time. She is 16 months old now.
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby DorgEndo » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:15 pm

Ah! So it's been about 108 days since she ate food to my best count. She ate bugs. I showed her food starting a month ago, but today she ate and drank some water. Not much but then she was basking

I think someone has woken from brumating! Ahhh!

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08/19/2019 408 grams
09/07/2019 414 grams
09/11/2019 394 grams pooped 9/07 and intentional vegetables only since 9/07. But really she hardly ate the past few days.
09/18/2019 398 grams
09/21/2019 398 grams pooped after bath, good looking poop, no weight after
09/29/2019 390 grams no poop or anything
10/05/2019 388 grams
10/10/2019 384 grams
10/26/2029 384 grams
11/03/2019 382 grams
11/15/2019 382 grams
11/25/2019 380 grams
12/07/2019 380 grams
01/04/2020 378 grams before food and water.

She hasn't pooped since September 2019. Oh my. I wonder what her poop is going to be. LETS GEY EXCITED FOR POOP EVERYBODY
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby claudiusx » Sat Jan 04, 2020 2:37 pm

Wowowow about time!

That's gonna be some fermented poo :D
Not much weight lose for 108 days. IDK what I'd do with myself if my dragons brumated for that long.

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Re: Come on down to Devlyn town everyone

Postby DorgEndo » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:55 pm

I'm pretty sure her digestive tract has been empty. It was some time between 9/11 and 9/21 she stopped eating and had her last poop. She had gained some weight right before brumating which she almost pooped all out, lol

Girl is awake and basking. She ate some crickets and snubbed her salad offering. I thought crickets would be an easy first meal. Just 6 small gut loaded and calcium dusted crickets. Offered 9 crickets, she stopped at 6. I've been keeping some on hand mostly for my frog, but Devlyn likes crickets too
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Re: Welcome back to world after 1st brumate my girl Devlyn 1

Postby DorgEndo » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:18 pm

Devlyn has been such a good dragon since waking from brumating. Being so perky and active. She got to run across the floor after a bath...
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Her goal was a dark corner where she promptly planted her face, LMAO!

I was doing my somewhat regular mini panic checking that her light set up is adequate. Checking temps. Measuring UVB distances. She likes to bask in areas that are in the 90 degrees most of the time. She doesn't spend too much time in the 100-105 hot spot directly under her hot lamp. Here is a 90s basking pic
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For my own ease of mind I wanted to put her lighting set up pics here. She got a new UVB tube after waking from brumating. I would rather be cautious and replace the UVB tube sooner than recommended. I have paranoia and no UVB meter. So paranoia wins!
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Then finally her main basking spots of choice. She can get rather close to the Acardia 12% T5, but she moves around and spends more time in the lower spots. She can get around 8 inches close. Spends the most time at the 15 to 18-20 inch distance spots
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The angles look weird in above pic. Trying to hold camera, tap screen button, and hold tape was a little bit complicated.
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Re: Welcome back to world after 1st brumate my girl Devlyn 1

Postby DorgEndo » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:24 am

Devlyn did something so smart!

Granted I have not meet many bearded dragons, however I am quite sure the evidence speaks for itself that Devlyn is a smart dragon.

For a few weeks she kept moving this small fake plant I have in her enclosure. It is the only fake plant she has tried to move. Usually if she interacts with the fake plants it is to lay on top of them

I didn't get it until yesterday. She was moving the plant to obscure herself from entering her hot side hide area. Where she moved the plant to allows her to poke her head out and look around while being relatively unseen. My smart girl! I'll stop sabotaging your efforts. I've moved this plant back to its spot (where I thought she would have room to lay on top of it) at least a dozen times by now. I'm sorry girl
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See above she is under the ceramic hide and log, the green/purple fake plant allows her to poke head out and you can't see her well unless you get a weird angle pic like this
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Re: Welcome back to world after 1st brumate my girl Devlyn 1

Postby DorgEndo » Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:33 am

I Want to Break Free! https://imgur.com/gallery/Ngjdb49

The uploader here didn't like the gif I made so imgur it is

I caught this action on camera and thought it was a great example of the excited / alert tail dragons get. She goes from relaxed body to scratching like crazy while her tail is aiming for the stratosphere.

Devlyn went to brumation a baby and woke up a teenager. She has been so energenic.
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