Weird behavior

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Weird behavior

Postby Red12 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:49 am

New Beardie owner here. I’ve had Ramone for about a month and a half now and he’s been doing really well, eating great (dubias and crickets) and likes attention. As of 2 days ago, his eating slowed down and now is stopped entirely. He has really dark stress marks and is acting very skittish. I’m fairly sure the drop in appetite is due to stress because I had to shift the decor around in his enclosure to bring the temperature down a little bit on his basking spot and he is beginning to shed. Nevertheless, I’m still a little paranoid about him being sick. I was wondering what your thoughts are and if anyone could give me some advice regarding if/when I should consider seeing a vet?
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:41 am

How old is Romans? Odd that he just quit eating-- moving his decor might have effected him but to quit eating-- what are you using for his lighting? Uvb brand and bulb where in the tank is it and is it a coil or tube? Basking temps what are they and how are you taking them? No stickons- they are inaccurate--
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby Red12 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:36 am

So I actually was on the introductions page last week and you went over my setup with me (thanks btw:)). I’ll put a link to that conversation cause it has my whole setup in it.
[url]https://www.beardeddragon.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=255479/[url]

I moved some of the decor from directly under the basking lamp so that the temperature reads 109/110F at the hottest point instead of 115. I’ve got a 22in T5 Reptisun UVB inside the 55 gal tank.
He’s 4 months old, and he just seemed to get really stressed all of the sudden. I don’t know what to do to help him calm down. He’s been glass surfing lately as well and opening his mouth at me when I come toward the tank.
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:01 pm

Sounds like he's still going thru relocation stress - blaze was terrible for months after we got him running from us trying to bite hissing etc-- just work w/ him try hand feeding him - put a piece of cloth in his hide or blanket something w/ your smell on it--- you will need to build his trust up and putting your hands in his tank as much as you can hand feeding is a good way worms or greens-- patience - moving his decor around is stressful to them they don't like change- they all glass surf for different reasons- as long as your lighting and basking temps are good I wouldn't worry too much about that---- he's probably curious
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby Red12 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:24 pm

Okay, I’ll just keep an eye on him then. Thanks
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby WinFam01 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:38 pm

Hm, that is odd that it was all of a sudden like that. I wonder if he's getting ready to do a big shed and is just grumpy due to that?
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby Red12 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:57 am

Update. His head shed completely and, as of yesterday, he is back to eating normally.
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby WinFam01 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:12 pm

Yay!
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