Short attention span?

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Short attention span?

Postby loljelloclowdz » Fri May 29, 2020 5:24 am

I’ve noticed that from the day I got her back in March, whenever I feed Mari, after a few bites she gets distracted and looks at whatever is distracting her for like 20 seconds before finally returning to her food again. 😂 as someone with ADHD, I can honestly relate to her, but I was wondering if anyone else has observed quirks like this in their beardies? I just leave a bowl of BSFL and salad for her because she takes forever to tong feed if she sees the little digital hygrometer number change or if someone in my house makes noise. She also likes to daydream and just stares blankly into space for a few seconds before she resumes eating. She comes from a well reputed breeder and she’s my only reptile, so she shouldn’t have ADV or anything like that. She has the 10.0 T8 reptisun mounted under the screen (my enclosure has a tented roof because I built it myself) 8-10 inches from her basking spot, and she has a bright white basking bulb over her basking spot that heats the basking spot to 108 degrees F. She’s basically 6 months old (she’s a day shy of it, but close enough) and her cool side is at 78 degrees.
Ps. I very lightly supplement calcium with D3 and vitamins daily as opposed to giving larger doses every few days. I wish I had a more accurate way to dose her supplements because a tiny pinch until her food has a super light dusting doesn’t seem precise and I don’t want to give her too much or too little.
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Re: Short attention span?

Postby KarrieRee » Fri May 29, 2020 5:44 am

The BSFL are high in calcium so I am sure shes getting enough--- I would add more insects to her diet- like dubia roaches- you can alternate them and then you would need to dust the roaches -- it would be easier to dust them rather than the food unless your adding the BSFL on top of her salads-- and then she would be getting nutrients as well -- adding worms to her diet would be good like super worms or silk worms they are another staple insect -- butter worms are good but everyone is out now and horn worms are good - they are a hydrating worm and grow very quickly
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Re: Short attention span?

Postby Draven88 » Fri May 29, 2020 9:12 am

Every beardie has its own personality an will be different in their own way. I have six and no two act the same. One will go to town on salad/food in general as soon as I put it in, others will be the same with their favorite bugs but just ignore their salad until they decide its time or take their time on insects that aren't their favorite. One of which usually picks the moment he feels no one is looking at him anymore. They all are curious in their own way, so being distracted my anything moving or sounds isn't surprising at all.
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Re: Short attention span?

Postby SHBailey » Fri May 29, 2020 1:38 pm

I also think that beardies are capable of being healthy on a wide variety of different diets since they are omnivores. The books say that baby beardies should get most of their nourishment from protein and adults should be getting about 80% from veggies, but most beardies didn't read the books. I've heard of beardies that like mostly greens, and more often of adult beardies that would rather eat bugs than veggies, and all different kinds of bugs and fruits and veggies as well.

For example, ours rarely eats greens but loves his crickets and roaches and just about any kind of worms. At least he likes squash. But he's reasonably healthy, especially since he has adenovirus.
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Re: Short attention span?

Postby WinFam01 » Fri May 29, 2020 5:01 pm

Ours is almost 6 months and is kind of the same way, so I wonder if it's an age thing?
I also think with ours that she needs a bit for her food to go "down", so that's why she sometimes pauses.
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Re: Short attention span?

Postby SHBailey » Sat May 30, 2020 6:00 am

So a short pause for chewing and swallowing would be normal, but a longer pause and lack of further interest could mean that they're full or just not hungry anymore for the time being. As long as they're getting adequate nourishment and not losing weight, probably nothing to worry about.

Some beardies do a better job of chewing their food than others, too. Ours, not so much. :roll:
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