Why is Billie so stressed?

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Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby Makennastone323 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:32 pm

My bearded dragon Billie(female) has been glass surfing a lot lately. A little over a month ago I had taken her to vet to get checked out because she had been very lethargic and the vet told me that her problem was that she wasn’t getting enough heat. So I got a screen lid and put a makeshift tinfoil covering on it to help trap the heat in more, as well as add an extra uvb light behind the heat lamp that he said I should do. After that she became much more active and the heat factor didn’t seem to be a problem anymore, but not long after Billie started to glass surf a lot. At first I thought she was just bored or hungry because she would do it early in the morning shortly after the heat lamp turned on, but after a while it became so constant that it was the only thing she did anymore, and even if I take her out of the tank she’ll usually just go over to the tank again and glass surf from the outside. This has gone on for so long now she’s even beginning to eat less, but I have no idea what could be causing her so much stress :(
The tank is 60 gallons and there’s a little hammock in the corner that she can lay on or go under for shade from time to time if she gets overheated. There’s always a water bowl in there and a food dish with either greens or T-Rex brand dry formula and for meat she either eats dubia roaches or crickets. I don’t have a thermometer to measure the exact temperature in the tank, but whenever I pick her up she seems nice and warm and alert.
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby Makennastone323 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:33 pm

Here’s a picture of the tank[Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:53 pm

Your UVB is a T 8 or a T 5? It looks like a T 8
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby Makennastone323 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:35 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Your UVB is a T 8 or a T 5? It looks like a T 8

It’s a T8
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:15 am

Ok so your T 8 sitting on top of the screen is getting about 30% of those rays blocked - it needs to go inside the tank w/ NO clear plastic cover over the bulb if you have one on --- please take it off-- get it inside the tank directly over the basking decor piece w / a distance of 6-8 inches ---- then watch his behavior -- T 8's need to be changed out every 6 months I recommend every 5--- if you need help hanging the hood please ask I will post some things to hang w/
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby Makennastone323 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:24 am

KarrieRee wrote:Ok so your T 8 sitting on top of the screen is getting about 30% of those rays blocked - it needs to go inside the tank w/ NO clear plastic cover over the bulb if you have one on --- please take it off-- get it inside the tank directly over the basking decor piece w / a distance of 6-8 inches ---- then watch his behavior -- T 8's need to be changed out every 6 months I recommend every 5--- if you need help hanging the hood please ask I will post some things to hang w/

Yes please I would like some help with ideas to hang the hood
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:29 am

Ok I will get some posted here this afternoon
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:25 pm

command Velcro fasteners- picture hanging wire – long plastic zip ties-- fishing line
potted plant wire hangers
or this I use this it works great cut into strips and wrap around the hood
https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-15-ft-Ca ... /304220195
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby Makennastone323 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:02 pm

KarrieRee wrote:command Velcro fasteners- picture hanging wire – long plastic zip ties-- fishing line
potted plant wire hangers
or this I use this it works great cut into strips and wrap around the hood
https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-15-ft-Ca ... /304220195


Ok I will make sure to try that out thanks!
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Re: Why is Billie so stressed?

Postby SandP » Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:32 am

How has she been lately? It's getting to be spring time and that's when a lot of beardies tend to get super active trying to find a mate and that could be what's going on with her.

Have you gotten a thermometer? It's really important to have one. Low temps can cause a lot of issues but too high can cause them too, even death if overheated. So please get a thermometer if you haven't already, preferably a digital one with a probe to get the most accurate basking temps.
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