EATING LESS

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EATING LESS

Postby ChrisKim1010047 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:03 am

Hello everyone!!!
I'm just going through a struggle that I know many people have. My beardie is usually a garbage disposal, eating everything in sight. However, for the past month, I've noticed he's been eating less and less. Typically, he'd eat about 20-25 mealworms and 10-15 dubias a day. Now its hard to get him to eat a few. His poops have also gotten smaller. However, it doesn't look like he's lost any weight, if he has, not much. Its also been about a month and a half since his last shed. Is this just a phase he's going through that he will grow out of? Is he just stocking up waiting for a growth spurt or something?

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-100°-105°F basking spot
-Reptisun T5 5.0 UVB 22" strip mounted 12 in. away from basking spot
-Humidity 30%-40%

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These pictures were taken a few hours before posting this. Thank you for your insights and replies!!!!
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Re: EATING LESS

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:48 am

Your UVB is how old? Tank sounds like its a good set up- they do tend to slow down on eating -- what about a shed when was the last time he shedded? Are you feeding him any salads? He should be eating salads and less of the insects if he is a year or older --- they also like variety as well---
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Re: EATING LESS

Postby reptilez12 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:22 am

My beardies never eat that much, should I be worried? They look healthy and act normal...
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Re: EATING LESS

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:25 am

The reptisun 5.0 T5 needs to be 6-8 inches from the basking site. It's the 10.0 that needs to be 12 inches.

How does he do with eating his salads? He looks like he's getting pretty big, he should be eating a good bit of salad now.

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Re: EATING LESS

Postby ChrisKim1010047 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:08 am

Hello everyone,
First, I will make sure to adjust distance so it is 6-8 inches.
Second, I just got my T5 5.0 UVB bulb a few days ago from posting this.
Third, I've had my beardie for about 5 months, but I wasn't sure how old he was when I got him, so I'm gonna assume he's around 7 - 8 months.
I offer a bowl of Kale daily, but he shows little interest in it. I've tried butternut squash, apples, and carrots. He liked carrots for a bit, then never showed any interest. Same thing with kale.
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Re: EATING LESS

Postby Claudiusx » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:10 am

Well based on the picture, he looks very active and alert and healthy.

Sometimes they just go through moods. I would continue to monitor his weight maybe weekly, and keep offering him his food. For now, I wouldn't be too concerned :)

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Re: EATING LESS

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:21 am

They like variety please check out the feeding board and look for the nutrition website ignore the kale thing it's a good staple
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Re: EATING LESS

Postby ChrisKim1010047 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:26 am

I'll try to add variety to his salads. But thank you all for your help! I'll monitor him as best as I can!
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