Juvenile freaked out and “played dead” Help

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Juvenile freaked out and “played dead” Help

Postby Wiksmaster » Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:36 pm

Hi. We have 5 month old beardie. Shes been great. Excellent appetite. Twice a day. Maybe 30-40 crickets total plus veggies. Poops every day. Bath everyday. Yesterday she freaked in bath and then turned black and went limp in cage. I thought she was dead and then slowly she came back after 90 mins. She then ate a bunch of crickets. Then basked. Then glass surfed. Then basked and surfed. Repeat. The glass surfing is new. This morning she was sleeping under the newspaper. And then this afternoon she was under the paper again. Poops seem a little loose. She is very skiddish. Tonight i decided to feed her more. She chowed 50 crickets and turned her beautiful yellow. Now she is basking and gapping but skin has darkened along with some of her beard. But my daughter says color seems normal. Any thoughts? Is she maybe stressed because she is hungry? 30-40 crickets a day not enough? Thanks. Oh yeah uvb Lights and heat are perfect in 35 gal tank. 105 deg basking area and cool area of tank
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Re: Juvenile freaked out and “played dead” Help

Postby loljelloclowdz » Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:58 pm

She might’ve aspirated water.
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Re: Juvenile freaked out and “played dead” Help

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:20 am

It's good that she appeared to bounce back and had something to eat. As mentioned she may have aspirated water in the bath or maybe just got stressed by it. I would try holding off on baths for a while and see how her behavior goes. The baths aren't necessary unless they get soiled so it won't be harmful not to bathe her, and reducing stress is likely to be helpful.
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