Scratching glass at bedtime

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Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:04 pm

I would be grateful for any advice on how to deal with our 9 month old Bearded Dragon Who repeatedly scratches the glass at bed time. He keeps standing on his back legs with tummy pressed against the glass and scratches frantically. Then he runs from one end to the other and repeats the scratching (he hardly moves during the day yet at night has this energy).

This can go on for 30 mins at bedtime. He has been doing this for a week now. Previously, he was so good and when lights went out he would scratch the floor for 5-10 seconds put his head down and be asleep within 1-2 minutes.... why is he doing this now? We switch the enclosure lights of as usual. The room is dark. If you have any tips/explanation, we would be most grateful. Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:16 pm

What are you using for a UVB details please NO coils where in the tank? Are you using any colored bulbs? What are the basking temps and how are you taking them? No stick ons
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:38 pm

Hi Karrie, thanks for replying. We use a UVB tube attached to the inner top of the enclosure. Not using coloured bulbs, we are using a basking lamp too. Temperatures are 37c warm end and 29/30 cool end. It has been warm here in the UK, wonder if we should cool his enclosure down before bedtime?
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:36 pm

Re temperature, we have two thermometers. Warm side contains a thermometer attached to a temperature controller. The cool side is a moveable thermometer (not stick on type)
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:05 am

The temps seem to be ok then -- the UVB what brand and bulb-- and the distance from basking decor?
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby LeoA » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:08 am

I'm in the UK too. It's been hot, but that should only affect their temps by a few degrees at most. (23c outside today for reference)

Have you tried taking him out for a while / seeing how he behaves out of the enclosure when he does the scratching? It could be that he wants some human attention.

Where does he usually sleep inside of his enclosure?
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:29 am

Thank you Karrie and Leo. Not sure of make of UVB, it was recommended by the store who sold the enclosure. We have had it since April/May so may be its time to replace it.Coco,our bearded dragon is fine during the day. He is lying chilled on his rock now.

We have recently started to take him out of the enclosure in the evening and may be he just wants to stay out! The other night he scratched on and off (so I suspect he dropped off and then woke up) from 10.00pm to 1.30am. On average its been around 30 minutes scratching every night. I didn’t take him out because i fear he will get into a bad habit knowing every time he scratches he can come out. I do check on him and he appears fine other than the scratching.

Coco, sleeps in different locations around the enclosure with no favourite spot. Although coincidentally with the scratching over the last week, he has generally been sleeping upright either against the glass or up against the wooden side standing on a rock.
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:46 am

Please look on the bulb itself it will tell you what it is -- the scratching may or may not be UVB involved but I want to rule it out as the bulbs have certain distances they need to be
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:24 pm

I have checked we have the following:

Arcadia 34" Pro T5 UVB Kit, 12% UV Lamp, 39w
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:29 pm

Coco has started shedding his tummy and back today. Could this be the reason for his restless behaviour at night time? Last night he spent three hours again either running across one end of the glass to the other or scratching. I have sprayed the inside of the enclosure tonight in the hope that helps him.
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:38 pm

So distance should be 12-15 inches from basking decor --
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Re: Scratching glass at bedtime

Postby RM10 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:53 pm

Yes its about 14 inches away. Do you think its the large shedding area which is making Coco restless?
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