Weird behavior

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Weird behavior

Postby Athleena » Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:46 pm

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I may just be weirding out because my bearded dragon, Sir Reginald, actually belongs to my oldest daughter. She is in basic training and will be gone for 6 months so I have been left to care for Reggie. Which is his nickname...lol.
He has begun to shed and I know that brings a grayish tinge to his scales. But he has been laying in his home with both his front legs pointed behind him. He has never slept like this before. He is also not really eating which I have read is normal when yhey shed. Please any advice or assurances are much appreciated! He is about 13 months old. We are first time bearded dragon owners and I am terrified of something happening to him while my daughter is away. I would attach a picture but I am unsure how to do that.
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:02 pm

Please tell us what your using for a UVB coil or tube brand and bulb look on the bulb it will tell you -- how old is the uvb basking temps what are they and how are you taking them ? No stick ons they are inaccurate-- it is normal for them to lay off eating but he should be eating something-- what are you feeding him?
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby Athleena » Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:20 am

A mixture of collard greens and turnip greens. Butternut squash added in but not everyday. And live crickets. He is eating the crickets but not as many as normal. He usually eats 10 to 15 at a time. Now it is more like 5 to 6. He turns his nose up to his greens even when trying to hand feed him which he normally enjoys. His tank stays between 90 and 100 degrees on the warm side and 70 to 80 on the cool side. We use a spiral uvb bulb. His other bulb is a 100watt Reptisun UVA/ basking bulb
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:07 am

Your using a coil UVB? Please replace it--- those are inadequate- you need a 24" fixture w/ a reflector-- and a Reptisun 10.0 T 5 for a 40+ gallon tank
That is the issue- he's basically getting no UVB
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby Athleena » Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:30 am

His fixture does have a reflector
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Re: Weird behavior

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:05 am

He looks pretty healthy in the photo. My dragon sleeps with his arms back like that quite a bit, so it isn't unusual in general. It could be a combination of shedding grumpiness and brumation behavior. I would keep track of his weight to make sure that is remaining stable, and if it is, just let him do his thing and sleep more if he wants to.
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