Brumation check?

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Brumation check?

Postby beardiebaby19 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:24 am

My first beardie just turned a year old a couple of months ago, and now it seems like its time for brumation. I have never really dealt with this before, but I have done a TON of research on this. I am 99.9% sure his recent behaviors are just because of the brumation season, but I wanted to check to see if I'm missing anything. Definitely don't want to end up hurting him by being ignorant.
He's showing all of the basic signs of brumation. He refuses food (maybe will eat a worm or two; no veggies though...), he seems to be tired all of the time. He's always trying to sleep during the day, but he's alert if someone opens his tank; not lethargic. He just doesn't look like himself. He always looks exhausted and he just looks really weak and tired. I've read that many of them look like this, but just thought I should mention it. He hasn't lost weight. He's maintained a healthy weight and his fat pads seem to be healthy as well.
I'm going to perform a fecal analysis to make sure everything's fine there, especially if he is preparing to brumate. I know that no two beardies are alike when it comes to brumation, and the only way to really prepare is to observe and to make sure everything is under control. Just wanted to check up on it. I think this was instinctual, since I haven't change anything about his husbandry or his temps/light timers.

Husbandry:
50 G viv
t5 HO uvb tube (10.0)
basking temps 95 F; cool side about 80 F
still offered wide variety of veggies, but he rarely eats them (offered kale, endive, escarole, mustard/collard/turnip greens, bell peppers occasionally, etc.)
fed mixture of BSFL and dubias, though not eating more than a few worms or one roach right now
kept constant weight of 550g, fat pads seem healthy
looks healthy, no dark colors and seems "happy" and not stressed; just seems exhausted
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:08 pm

Your T 5 where in the tank is it ? Top of screen or inside the tank ?
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby beardiebaby19 » Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:43 pm

Top of the screen about 10 inches away with plenty of hiding spots if necessary
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby KarrieRee » Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:33 pm

And your screen is a fine mesh like a screen door or a wide holed like a dime or simlar to?
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby beardiebaby19 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:42 am

Sorry for the late reply! Yes fine mesh, though it’s not extremely fine.
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:19 am

If its a fine mesh get it inside the tank -- distance should be 12-15 inches directly above basking decor -- the screen is blocking approx 30% of the rays -- change it out and watch her behavior - if it doesnt change it could be brumation
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby beardiebaby19 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:47 am

Well, I had it mounted where you would like me to, and it was hurting his eyes really bad, and he stopped basking. I was told to mount it where it is now to help with that. Should I try mounting it inside his tank again? I was also told that t5s need to be outside of the tank, while t8s are inside. For this reason, I use the t5s. I’ve never had a problem with this before, either. This is a newly replaced bulb, so it couldn’t be old. Not trying to sound super critical of your help, or anything. I really appreciate this, I’m just trying to understand!
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:10 pm

Did you have it above him or on back wall? Above him should not have been bothering his eyes- if it was on back wall and beside him then yes--
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby beardiebaby19 » Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:30 pm

It was above him. He wouldn’t open his eyes, so someone suggested moving it farther from him. I now have it above his screen, and he seems to be comfortable with that. Stopped stressing and closing his eyes as soon as I moved it, and came out of hiding all of the time
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Re: Brumation check?

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:34 pm

Ok just make sure your distance is 8-10 inches-- hope that works then-- if he's eating and basking you should be good
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