Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, currently in brumation

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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, 1 whole year as of

Postby WinFam01 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:46 pm

DorgEndo wrote:Oh

ohhh

well

So I was eating dinner with my husband while holding precious dragon shed scales. Then, in a moment of supreme generosity and kindness, I put a piece of shed skin on my husband's arm. He felt something on his arm so he put it in his mouth. He realized something was wrong as he started to chew

I maintain I am innocent of any crime. He should have looked!

🤣
I bet he will now!
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, 1 whole year as of

Postby DorgEndo » Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:50 am

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Devlyn is now 2 years old! Don't know the exact day, my best guess is August 5th so I'm late posting.
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I've been working with Devlyn to chase for her bugs. When I got her I had to feed her bugs one at a time. Eventually we worked up to a bug proof escape bowl and she would eat bugs from that. However she doesn't need that many bugs as an adult now. She gets about 5 total bugs a week on average. Usually a combo or dubia and superworms. I throw in hornworms for some variety. Been awhile since she had bugs other than those three types.
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Anyway it has been almost exclusively hornworms that past two weeks for her birthday time. Plus she gets very excited for hornworms. She will run across her enclosure to get a Hornworm. Yesterday I offered a Hornworm outside her house and she ran about 6 feet. I tried to have her run further but I needed to move closer so she would notice the worm. I'm sure these dragon sprints are good for her. Plus she should be the mighty bug huntress and devour her prey, lol.
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Feeding an adult is such a different game compared to when I first got her and had to try so hard to get her to eat enough to keep growing some. She is a shrimp at about 16 inches long still. She recently shed everything, no growth. About 416 grams. Her "salad" she still eats almost every day, maybe 1/4 cup, and up to 5 bugs a week like I said before. It's so little food. And I'm sure she will brumate for another 3 months again coming up in a month or two. It's like I barely feed her but the scale doesn't lie, she has heft and her legs show great muscle tone, her tail has a little squish of fat on it but her head fat is barely any squish (just right if she ask me).
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Devlyn tried a new food, cherry! About 1/4 of a cherry on top of her salad and she liked it a lot
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Devlyn is too fun. Sometimes I think of getting another little herp friend, but bearded dragons are absolutely my favorite type of herp. They look cool and act so amazing by being able to interact with with humans. Bearded dragons are incredible :D
Devlyn my beautiful bearded dragon, approx hatch 8/18, mine since 2/19. Kitty Greysie born 3/06. Lttle rescue Charlie the American grey tree frog, found 11/18. Lots of house plants, I like cacti and succulents.
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, 1 whole year as of

Postby DorgEndo » Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:54 pm

Long time no post. Small update today.

Looks like Devlyn is gearing up for brumation. Since this will be her second time I can recognize the signs sooner. I'll still get her next poo checked to make sure doesn't have any illness. So, the plan is no food the next 2 weeks but keep her heat going so she empties out completely. I'll redo her enclosure to be a brumation suite. Last year she slept much better once she got a box to sleep in and dirt for a bed. I'll be doing that again on a larger scale and once it's full on brumation time I will move her enclosure to the bedroom. Much quieter and darker for her. I still will keep a low watt bulb for a day/night cycle roughly matching the day/night from the outside world.

Also, I have a new enclosure she can use. It's maybe twice the size of her current house. A lot more vertical space and more floor space. It is at my brother-in-law's house and it was with his mom from her ex boyfriend who was an ex friend from his dad after he started dating his mom after they divorced. Totally weird 😂 but my goodness it's a beautiful oak wood enclosure. Hasn't been used for any animal for over a decade (at least).

I'll have time while Devlyn is brumating to make her new huge house awesome. Plus I need to test out how to heat this beast of an enclosure to get hot enough. Already got 14% Arcadia T5 fluorescent lights for the new higher ceiling. I'm not sure if I'll reuse the same reflector hood or get a new one. After all there will be this empty 75 gallon enclosure once Devlyn moves into the bigger one. Maybe it could be a big house for a gecko. Give a little gecko something massive for a home :)

Things can still be very stressed with life and covid-19 is continuing to be the worst thing ever. I try to stay positive and keep doing what I can
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, 1 whole year as of

Postby DorgEndo » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:12 pm

Devlyn should be set up to brumate now! I have a time lapse changing up her enclosure on imgur

Brumation transformation time lapse https://imgur.com/gallery/9Yi1ACw

I started with picking an old box to modify. This is much bigger than the box I used last year
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Generous sized entrance door
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I added top soil and sand. Oak and maple leaves. I also added rocks and cork bark but I was not smart and didn't take a picture after that part
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Devlyn watching me mess with her enclosure
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Ah. The box fit. I had to scrunch it in there because I didn't measure good. Can't event tell
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Got a probe. It got cooler after sitting in there awhile. I want to keep her lights on a normal cycle. Eventually I will leave the UVB off so it's darker for her. I still like having a basic bulb on for day/night
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Devlyn started kicking dirt at the door immediately. She is done with being awake
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, 1 whole year as of

Postby DorgEndo » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:03 am

Peaked in on my girl

She had dug all the dirt towards the door. So she is sleeping on cardboard only. So uh, yeah, should I still count it as she is on loose substrate? Ha ha. I'm glad I could provide her the satisfaction of digging and making a den for sleep
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, currently in bruma

Postby DorgEndo » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:16 am

I was talking to some real life people about Devlyn brumating and it seemed I made them anxious on my behalf by accident.

How do you know she is brumating?

She cleared her poo from a vet check. Her heating is monitored with the typical range for beardies with a couple different thermometers. Her UVB is still new enough (no UVB sensor so I go by manufacturer specs). She stopped eating. Lost weight only after poops. Basked for about 2 weeks then wanted to stay on cool/dark area all day.

If you stop eating, don't lose weight, and aren't sick, then you must be brumating.

She looks awake in that picture.
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Can you see her face in the dark? I was peeping in on her. From 9/13 to 9/20 I peeped on 9/20. Then 9/27. Then 10/11. I'm going longer times inbetween peeps.
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She moves in her brumation. But just because she is awake and will occasionally dig or move. She ain't ready to wake up. She has no desire to leave her dark box. The "door" is right there but she pushed dirt all at it. Minor weight change from 418 grams to 414 grams so far. My scale measures in 2 grams increments so for all I know the 418 was rounding up and the 414 was rounding down. Even at face value it is a 1.4% weight change at most in 1 month's time. Because she is a good weight (maybe slightly fat) a loss of 10% is what the vet recommends bringing her in for, whether in brumation or not.

Last year she lost 12 grams in weight over 109 days. A 3.07% weight change. At 28 days in now she has lost weight at 33% percent LESS the pace of her weight loss progression from last year. Taking an objective standpoint the observations I have from Devlyn and the facts we have about bearded dragons lead to a conclusion of brumation :D
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Re: Come on down to Devlyn Town everyone, currently in bruma

Postby reptilemaster » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:23 am

Good looking and well cared for bearded dragon.
Take a look at
My Beautiful Blaze
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