Stress Marks

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Stress Marks

Postby FandODragons » Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:42 am

Hey all! So I just got a new baby beardie yesterday, and he is doing great! He is eating super well already, and doesn't mind being held and handled. He has a 36x18x18 Exo Terra terrarium, a T8 Zilla UVB fixture, 150watt Flukers heat basking bulb. He basks and explores his tank and seems happy, However he has VERY heavy stress marks around his belly and underside of legs. His tail is not black though. I'm pretty sure its normal for him to have stress marks due to moving? Just wanted to check and make sure he is alright.

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Re: Stress Marks

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:12 pm

The T 8 where in the tank is it? If its on top of the screen please get it in the tank w/ NO clear plastic cover over the bulb and I would replace that zilla bulb out for a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 its a way better bulb-- fixture should be 6-8 inches directly over the basking decor piece --- the stress marks can be from relocation stress -- it may take awhile for them to go away -as she acclimates to the tank and surroundings they will fade --- but please make sure your UVB is in proper place and basking temps are being taken w/ a digital probe thermometer ---- those 2 things are the most important things in the tank
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Re: Stress Marks

Postby FandODragons » Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:18 am

KarrieRee wrote:The T 8 where in the tank is it? If its on top of the screen please get it in the tank w/ NO clear plastic cover over the bulb and I would replace that zilla bulb out for a Reptisun 10.0 T 8 its a way better bulb-- fixture should be 6-8 inches directly over the basking decor piece --- the stress marks can be from relocation stress -- it may take awhile for them to go away -as she acclimates to the tank and surroundings they will fade --- but please make sure your UVB is in proper place and basking temps are being taken w/ a digital probe thermometer ---- those 2 things are the most important things in the tank
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Hi there, and thanks for the response! His marks have gone down quite a bit, before almost his whole stomach was black. now its just brown "leopard" patterning. Anywho, his UVB light is under the screen, NO plastic cover (removed that as soon as I got the fixture). Here is a picture of his enclosure.

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Note: I have ordered a nice reptile carpet and thats on its way. so don't mind the flooring!!

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In loving memory of: Felix the Bearded Dragon, Daisy the Rat Terrier, Violet, Pooky, Sunny, and Henny the chickens,And Bub, my beloved 6 year old goldfish. R.I.P.<3

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Re: Stress Marks

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Nov 30, 2020 5:24 am

Your taking temps w/ a digital probe correct? Hammocks are hard to get basking temps off of that is why you need a probe -- they are the most accurate -- his stress marks should start to subside as he acclimates to his tank and surroundings -- but you want those temps and that UVB properly placed of which it looks good now -- I was also gonna suggest he needs a hide --- Pet Smart has great decor for dragons
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