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Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby Aleitzell » Sun May 24, 2020 3:39 pm

We just picked up our new bearded dragon, Beetlejuice, from a local rescue. They told us that he is 1 to 4 years old and he is a messy eater, hence the name. He is eating, but he bites into his food and sucks on it for a little while before finishing it. Also, half his food falls out of his mouth. I went to check on him and he has leftover food in his cheeks from eating an hour ago. The owners of the rescue seemed to think he has some sort of jaw malformation. I plan on taking him to a reptile vet this week, but was wondering if anyone had any experience with this.
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby KarrieRee » Sun May 24, 2020 4:45 pm

Please post pics of him --- did he have proper lighting like tube UVB at the rescue?
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby Aleitzell » Mon May 25, 2020 1:34 pm

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In the first picture he is just hanging out with a meal worm hanging out of his mouth.

The second picture shows a bunch of red pelleted food in his cheeks.

The rescue had several bearded dragons, 2 that were 13 years old. I assume the lighting was good. He was surrendered because his owner went to college and the parents thought he wasn’t eating. He eats, it’s just strange. He was adopted out once, but returned because “he wasn’t eating.” I would like to feed him fresh greens and bugs, but he is more interested in store bought food.
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby KarrieRee » Mon May 25, 2020 1:46 pm

He looks ok-- store bought food? You mean like pellets? I would start him on greens-- have you offered greens? Ahbd and Tracie need to see him - but your right he is eating strange
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby Aleitzell » Mon May 25, 2020 2:30 pm

Yes I’ve offered him greens, collard and mustard. But he ate the pellets that had dried bugs mixed in instead.
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby KarrieRee » Mon May 25, 2020 2:36 pm

Try getting some live bugs and worms add them to the fresh salads-- dubias work good along w/ silk worms- poor thing that's what he was fed early on-- super worms horn worms--meal worms - if you need websites let me know I will post some for you and we can try and get him on a better diet--
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby Aleitzell » Tue May 26, 2020 7:42 am

He tried eating greens and a small piece of strawberry. He pecked at it and just couldn’t pick it up. He finally got a small piece of greens, but it just hung out of his mouth. He eats quite slow with little jaw strength. He would have a hard time with live bugs—He’s too slow. He probably could catch slow moving larvae, but he definitely has some sort of jaw issue. He doesn’t seem to have typical mouth strength or the ability to pick up food easily.
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Re: Beardie rescue eats weird

Postby KarrieRee » Tue May 26, 2020 7:50 am

Ok w/ that being said get some BSFL and some silk worms --- they are both good staple feeders
www.symtonbsf.com order large
www.reptilianarts.com silk worms if you order in bulk like 50 order food - you will need to feed them and clean containers out daily- they are really soft - also they come small and will grow
www.coastilsilkworms.com
www.dubiaroches.com -- they have good horn worms and butter worms - the butter worms are out of stock now but he would be able to eat those they are soft as well --
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