Hiding and alot of digging

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Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:12 pm

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So Red(not sure on sex) has been a little less active. Wanting to hide in the cave and digging alot. This is all new. Red never really used the hide until recently. Red is about 6 months old(got from pet store in March as a baby). Almost 12inch in length. UVB bulb is 5months old. Hot side is 95 to 103 and cool side is 76 to 83 degrees. Doesn't seem to be eating as much either. Worms once maybe twice a day. Veggies is iffy...kale at most but is offered a wide variety. Reds "room" is cleaned weekly. Fresh water daily(only half way through the day to try and encourage veggies and keep humidity down) calcium dusted mon-thur and muti vitamin sat and sun. Nutrigrubs, superworms, dubias, and hornworms. Gets outside a couple days a weeks sometimes more. Definitely perks up when out of his/her "room" and gives the stink eye when put back in. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:19 pm

What is the UVB your using? brand and bulb? And what is the long white light in front of the UVB? You need a bright white basking bulb and it needs to be shining down from a dome ---
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:27 pm

Have a basking dome 100w. 24 in reptisun uvb tube is 18in t8.
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:30 pm

Please take the cover off the UVB fixture and basking distance needs to be 8-10 inches w/ decor directly underneath -- make the changes and see if his behavior changes --- the cover is blocking the UVB rays --- you need to feed vegies in the morning and putting the worms on top of the salad to entice him to the bowl --- BSFL (nutrigrubs) work good for that --- use as many as you want -- his diet sounds good --- the UVB needs to be changed out here -- they have a expiration of 6 months
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:40 pm

UVB fixture has no cover. It is 9 inch away. I have tried the nutrigrubs in the salad with no luck. Should I do just salad and nutrigrubs in am and wait until lunch time to offer other bugs? Also at what point do I decrease bug intake and vitamin days? I think Reds "room" may have been too hot. I put a small fan on low to help circulate airflow(I do not have central air and its been rather hot this last week) now up and moving around a bit more. I'm going to store in AM to get another thermometer to test it out. Have prob and sticky ones right now.
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:54 pm

Ok so UVB is getting ready to expire I always change mine out a month before- I would do salad w/ the nutri grubs on top 1-3 worms- let him eat from bowl for an hr or so take a little salad out add his staple feeder-- make sure he sees you doing this adding worms etc-- the movement will get him to that bowl- try feeding him his staple feeder again in the afternoon - mine quit eating in the afternoons about 5 - 6 months- he was getting plenty to eat in the mornings- I was feeding him salad and worms and dubias-- is he scratching in his hide- they will do that to get comfortable- and then go to sleep
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:01 pm

So by 5 to 6 months only needs 1 time a day bug feeding? About how many of each? I have dubias, nutri grubs, superworms, and hornworms
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:03 pm

Red does scratch around and dig on and off throughout the day. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:14 pm

Keep offering bugs 2 times per day-- he won't eat if he's not hungry- but w/ him eating salad bugs and worms in the morning he may not want them - just make sure he's eating 2-3 hrs before lights off-- you want him eating some salad - if his bugs and worms are in that salad bowl he will get bites of his salads-- :) I was putting in 8-10 roaches in blazes bowl if he eats them all that's good if he didn't he was full
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:17 pm

Use 1-3 supers - 1 hornworm and as many nutri grubs as you want
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:00 pm

So Red is now sleeping all the time. I ordered a new UVB bulb waiting on that. Themps are still good. It has been a little hotter than usual so finally turned on A/C in the house to see if that makes a difference. Red didn't even eat today. Came out once and then went back to the cave and buried under the bedding. Last poop was yesterday, ate yesterday not as much as usual but was bulging/puffing eyes out some, was fine running around house and relaxing with us just not when in the tank.
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:20 pm

Watch basking temps w/ the heat now and you can take him outside for UVB-- place him on you but be careful they will jump off - or use a plastic tote NO glass place him in direct sunlight/ partial shade for 15 minutes no longer and keep an eye on him you don't want to burn him up-- he can sit in you for as long as you can stand the heat
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:48 pm

We have a leash and take him outside from time to time and he does really well. I have just stopped because he's been acting funny.
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:07 am

He needs UVB -- at least every other day - I would be getting him out into the sun until your UVB comes
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Re: Hiding and alot of digging

Postby Tia828 » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:45 am

Should I leave his UVB bulb on? I got it in march.
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