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my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:06 am

My Beardie has been hiding for days and I am getting worried. He was eating a ton before this, then his diet just slowed to a stop. He would eat about 20-40 Dubia roaches a day. I just got him in December. I think he was about two months old. When I put him in his new home he was good for a while. He would freak out and jump at the glass. I think it was because he was new. I tried to work my way up on how long I was holding him. I might ave held him more than I should have. He slowed down on his eating, and tried to hide a lot. I have tile so I could hear him scratching at them when hiding. He went to bed earlier than he should have. My Beardie then would hide in the most enclosed area. He was like that for a day or so then I took him out. For I was worried about him. Within a few days he went back into hiding. I then read that I should let him do what comes natural. He hasn't come out for about a week. Should I be worried? I read about the Bumation, and he has been scratching at the glass a lot before he went to hide. What should I do?
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:17 am

He should not be brumating and sleeping for days --- he is too young --- please go over the lighting in the tank basking temps and how your taking them? NO stickons they are inaccurate for basking temps-- the brand and bulb of the UVB coil or tube and where in the tank?
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:55 pm

I just uploaded a picture of my tank set-up. I'm using Reptisun10.UVB bulb and Zoo Med 150w basking spot lamp. I use a laser infrared temp gun and the basking spot is 100-105 degrees. He is hiding under the tree now. Should I take him out of hiding to take a pic? Thank you for all advice!
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:56 pm

The 10.0 UVB bulb is a coil or tube? And where in the tank is it?
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:02 pm

The bulb is a tube above basking spot. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:08 pm

It's a T 5 or T 8? The have certain distances they need to be-- ?
If it's a T 5 distance should be 8-10 inches from basking decor-- w/ wide holed screen-- if it's fine mesh 6-8 inches basking decor -- if it's a T 8 needs to be inside tank approx 8-10 inches from basking decor--
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:13 pm

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This is a better shot of the uvb placement.
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:17 pm

It is a T8 and it is inside the tank 8" above basking spot.
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:20 pm

Ok and no cover bulb is exposed right? Is he basking--? Is he eating?
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:22 pm

Right, no cover - the bulb is exposed. He hasn't come out to bask or eat in several days.
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:37 pm

Ok so I would suggest you get him into the vet--- has he pooped? Have you given him any water? They won't eat if they are dehydrated- please post a pic of him-- but IAM thinking he's needing a vet--
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby jazz13 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:39 pm

My name is Jasper, I'm 13 almost 14. I love these animals so much and when my Beardie was not doing so good I was so worried. I am so thankful to have found you. I read in other places to not have a water dish, but to spray the tip of his nose with water. I could not have guessed he was dehydrated! I gave him a bath and put water on his nose to drink. He happily liked it up! I gave him some food (that he also ate happily) and extended his light turn off timer for the night. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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Re: my beardie is hiding for days - is this normal?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:32 pm

You must keep him hydrated ---- how big are the dubias are you feeding him? He needs salads every day so if you rinse the greens before serving he will get moisture that way as well and keep his staple feeder gutloaded meaning feed them at nite and then when you feed them in the morning they will be gut loaded --- the temp gauge in the tank does it have a probe? You need one w/ a probe to get correct basking temps of where he sits -- $5 from Petco or Petsmart --- the dubias are a great staple feeder ---- so feed him his salad first thing in the morning if you can get some super worms to add to the top of his salad 1-3 no more or butter worms or some BSFL to add to the top that would be good - the BSFL are a great staple feeder dont dust them w/ the calcium D3 as they are calcium enriched ---and you can feed as many as you want ---- you should be dusting his dubias 5 x per week and vitamins 2 x per week --- let me know how he does now --- any more questions please ask
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