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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:37 am

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CandyCane didn't know what to think of my daughter's beanie boos this morning.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:37 pm

Finally made a breakthrough and have gotten both of them to eat from my hands instead of tongs today with some small superworms. Also, fun way to get them to eat their salad is to wiggle a big piece of greens around the enclosure and they run to it. Wilbur was having a lot of fun lol. And at a lot of greens!
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby MariosDad » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:49 pm

How many roaches do you typically put in the salad? We just fed Mario for the first time and he downed 12 quarter-inchers in about a minute!
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby DragonPete » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:52 pm

MariosDad wrote:How many roaches do you typically put in the salad? We just fed Mario for the first time and he downed 12 quarter-inchers in about a minute!

Babies can eat a serious amount of bugs. I've heard it said to let them eat all they want in about 15 mins. 😲
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:58 pm

MariosDad wrote:How many roaches do you typically put in the salad? We just fed Mario for the first time and he downed 12 quarter-inchers in about a minute!

I calculated it. 2 bearded dragons at 1000 roaches from Friday to Friday is about 70 a day each. With only 1 or 2 dead roaches. I never count (I probably should lol) so that would be 35 or so each feeding and all get eaten within the 15 minute period. They’re both on their 3rd shed in the 5 weeks we’ve had them too.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby DragonPete » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:05 pm

Because I've only had an adult, I didn't go thru that but I hear it's a bunch of bugs for those growing babies! 🤗
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:31 pm

DragonPete wrote:Because I've only had an adult, I didn't go thru that but I hear it's a bunch of bugs for those growing babies! 🤗
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Everything I read had me prepared, but they really didn’t start chowing down like crazy for a few weeks. They shipped to us right around their shed time so they ate but didn’t eat a lot for the first few weeks but recently their growth and their appetites has taken off like crazy!
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby DragonPete » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:40 pm

opaquelace wrote:
DragonPete wrote:Because I've only had an adult, I didn't go thru that but I hear it's a bunch of bugs for those growing babies! 🤗
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Everything I read had me prepared, but they really didn’t start chowing down like crazy for a few weeks. They shipped to us right around their shed time so they ate but didn’t eat a lot for the first few weeks but recently their growth and their appetites has taken off like crazy!

They're growing well, cause they're eating well. 😊 At this point seems like they are in a state of constant shed, as I understand it. 😳
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:14 pm

DragonPete wrote:
opaquelace wrote:
DragonPete wrote:Because I've only had an adult, I didn't go thru that but I hear it's a bunch of bugs for those growing babies! 🤗
-Dee

Everything I read had me prepared, but they really didn’t start chowing down like crazy for a few weeks. They shipped to us right around their shed time so they ate but didn’t eat a lot for the first few weeks but recently their growth and their appetites has taken off like crazy!

They're growing well, cause they're eating well. 😊 At this point seems like they are in a state of constant shed, as I understand it. 😳
-Dee

Lol pretty much. Wilbur finished his full body shed and 2 days later his head and front legs were starting to get lighter and take on the shedding appearance. He sheds head and front legs first, then body and back legs plus his tail. CandyCane sheds tail first, then whole body.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby MariosDad » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:59 pm

Wow, ok. Good to hear. I think tomorrow we'll start on a "normal" feeding schedule with Mario and see how many he eats. He did stop after #12 and run up a log to bask, so maybe my concern of him gorging for his first meal was overblown.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:20 pm

MariosDad wrote:Wow, ok. Good to hear. I think tomorrow we'll start on a "normal" feeding schedule with Mario and see how many he eats. He did stop after #12 and run up a log to bask, so maybe my concern of him gorging for his first meal was overblown.


I find mine will eat all super fast some days, and on other days they’ll eat half then go bask, then get down to get some more. Some days they’re up and down for 30 minutes alternating between salad and roaches lol. They’re pretty active, especially CandyCane my daughter’s lady dragon. She’s the trans witblit. My sons is more calm throughout the day but he’s more likely to scurry when I stick my hand in there. Although he’s been eating salad from my hands lately which is awesome.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby MariosDad » Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:41 pm

That is awesome! I think we're going to let Mario chill until next weekend before we start trying to handle him for weighing or hand/tong feeding him. I still laugh at how yours are so different! Mario dives off his basking spot into his murder pit (bowl) to chow down. It's funny but frightening!
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby opaquelace » Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:08 pm

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I rearranged CandyCane's logs a little bit. I don't think she could get close enough to the UVB to get enough, and since I moved it around she's been under it a lot more. She's getting huge, and she had her first hornworm today (which she loved, seriously she almost dived into the air before I could get close enough with it). I had run out of bugs until noon when the shipment came in too, so all they had was salad first thing this morning but she ate all her strawberries and half her greens which is crazy.

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Wilbur chowing down on some roaches after they came in. He loved the hornworms too, and my son even got him to eat from his hand which he loved. He put a roach on the back of his hand and Wilbur got it with his tongue. He was so excited.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus

Postby Kadiddle » Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:29 pm

KarrieRee wrote:We have had several accidents w/ baby dragons and dogs on here w/ in the last couple of months --- and they did not turn out good --- first the dog will stress the dragon out ---- and depending on the dog it will haft to be up to you to watch the behavior of the dog --- I myself would keep the dog out of the room or away from the dragon --- but please dont isolate the dragon from activity they are curious and are a social animal -- cats are not good as well ---- I have cats and all mine are used to my dragons but I never leave them unattended w/ the cats -- EVER !! My tanks are set up in a way that the cats cannot get on top of the tanks nor beside them or any where near the tanks --- so it will be up to you just be warned dogs are a threat or can be a threat to the dragon ---
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Really good advice. Our dragon, and our dog, are super laid back. Cece, my dragon, likes to climb on the dog when she's laying down. They are always closely supervised (I'm a helicopter mom). My cat doesn't notice the dragon much and instead prefers to cuddle up with my red foot tortoise. I modified the top of my dragon's cage to make sure the cat can't get in there in case her opinion changes.
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Re: A bearded dragon from Santa Claus: growth spurt!

Postby DragonPete » Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:20 am

So love Wilbur's fiery color! Beautiful! But then, they both are. 🤗
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