Bearded Dragon hates being inside now. What can I do?

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Bearded Dragon hates being inside now. What can I do?

Postby dbkomi » Thu May 28, 2020 4:02 pm

So I've had my bearded dragon for about 1.5 years (he's about 3 now). I bought him from a previous owner, that from my understanding raised him completely indoors. After I received him, I lived in an apartment that had a balcony, although it only received a few hours of direct sunlight in the afternoon he still preferred being on the balcony in his enclosure. I'd also take him with me anytime I traveled to my girlfriends and would leave him in an outside enclosure where he could get as much sun as he wanted. I no longer live at the same apartment with the balcony, and unfortunately am not able to see my girlfriend anymore.

I now live in a different apartment building (no balcony), but have his enclosure (36 x 18 x 18) by the window so he can still have a view of the outside. However, the sun rises on my side of the building and by late morning is no longer visible (this is when he starts becoming visibly stressed). I have all the proper equipment, lighting (22" 12% Arcadia Pro T5 bulb and fixture mounted inside, 50w Arcadia Halogen Heat Lamp, and I have an order on the way for supplemental 50w Arcadia Deep Heat Projector, and a 22" Arcadia T8 Natural Sunlight bulb to put in a Reptisun 24" T8 hood), temperatures, and terrarium décor but he's still unsatisfied with the unnatural light environment and glass surfs for 6-8 hours a day now.

I can maybe start by taking him outside for 15-30min a day, and see if that helps. But this is a problem that's causing me a lot of stress, and even probably more for him.
Any help or advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Bearded Dragon hates being inside now. What can I do?

Postby CooperDragon » Thu May 28, 2020 4:57 pm

He may like the natural light or it could be the excitement of the surroundings outside that he likes. You might try setting up a basking lamp for him in a room and let him roam freely if it's safe to do so. They often like sitting in the window sill too. I have a small dog bed set up in my window sill for my guy to spend time on looking outside and he enjoys it.
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Re: Bearded Dragon hates being inside now. What can I do?

Postby Draven88 » Fri May 29, 2020 9:19 am

How long has it been since you moved? Even though you may have the same tank setup the surroundings are different and still could cause some relocation stress which should fade away.
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