Off His Feed - When to Worry?

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Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:36 am

Figment ate nothing on Tuesday night and only a few bites of squash and kale yesterday; he didn’t want any dubias at all. This isn’t like him; he’s been eating less the past few weeks, but still eating. When should I start to be concerned about him not eating?
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:50 am

Could be the heat-- do you have his temps that are good in the tank? His UVB is not expired- after all that is checked and you don't think it's parasites it's him-- weigh him now and keep track of his weight- if he's losing then a vet check would be recommended-
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:59 am

KarrieRee wrote:Could be the heat-- do you have his temps that are good in the tank? His UVB is not expired- after all that is checked and you don't think it's parasites it's him-- weigh him now and keep track of his weight- if he's losing then a vet check would be recommended-
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Thanks, Karrie - his UV bulb was put in this past March, so it’s still good, and we’ve got the temps to a good, steady 95-100 in his basking spot and 80-85 ambient on the cool side. I’ll check his weight tonight and start tracking it. I don’t think he’s got parasites, but a fecal check might be good to do - his stools are runnier than I’d like. Urates look fine, though.
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:07 pm

If he's eating alot of horn worms or watery veggies like gr peppers squash cucumber anything that contains a lot of water will make them runnier than normal- blaze pooped today and he had a big pool of water that was clear- I have been feeding him horn worms and greens rinsed yesterday he ate quite a bit of his greens so I am thinking he is really hydrated
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:13 pm

Figment has been eating a good bit of squash - it’s his favorite- so that could be it, though the liquid he excretes is more like liquid feces, not clear liquid.
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:19 pm

Yes that is probably the squash - lay off if it for a few days and see it the form changes and it firms up if it does you know it's the squash and if not then maybe parasites- but I am thinking not w/ the good temps and UVB along w/ no crickets in the diet - but you never know
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby WinFam01 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:34 pm

Has he ever done it before? Just asking because I know you & I both just introduced superworms, and I've read about them getting a taste for them and then being stinkers. ;)
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:29 pm

WinFam01 wrote:Has he ever done it before? Just asking because I know you & I both just introduced superworms, and I've read about them getting a taste for them and then being stinkers. ;)


That could be part of it, too! I haven't been giving him many supers, but I won't rule out the possibilities!
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:54 pm

Figment ate nothing at all Friday and Saturday when I removed squash from his feed. He also ate no bugs. Today, I put a little bit of squash on his kale and he ate it, plus a mouthful or two of kale and one dubia roach. I’m on my way out to buy a new scale, as ours is no longer working. I hate to say it, but I’m starting to freak out a little... :(
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:21 pm

Start tracking his weight- if he's losing then get him in- it may be the heat-- how far away is figments UVB?
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:42 am

Okay... he’s eating a bit. 6 dubias and a dish of kale, though he waited for it to go dry and crunchy before he ate most of it. Couldn’t get a weight; he keeps fidgeting on the scale, despite being in a plastic shoebox. Irritating dragon! I’ll try again today.
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:58 am

Try a dinner plate or a cereal bowl -how far away is the basking decor for the UVB?
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:55 am

KarrieRee wrote:Try a dinner plate or a cereal bowl -how far away is the basking decor for the UVB?
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I just got a new stone-type dish... UV is 8 inches above basking area.
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:59 am

Ok so UVB is good-- he is eating so that is good-- I am thinking he's fine it may be the heat-- is he shedding or going into shed? Blaze isn't eating alot either but currently he's shedding his tail and sides of his stomach
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Re: Off His Feed - When to Worry?

Postby ComicBookMama » Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:04 am

KarrieRee wrote:Ok so UVB is good-- he is eating so that is good-- I am thinking he's fine it may be the heat-- is he shedding or going into shed? Blaze isn't eating alot either but currently he's shedding his tail and sides of his stomach


Not shedding right now, but I’m thinking he’s due for one... he shed an arm two weeks ago, then nothing! I’ll try getting the ambient heat down a bit. I think the basking spot is just fine - 95-100, depending on time of day.

I didn’t know UV affected their eating?
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