My dragon coughing now and then

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My dragon coughing now and then

Postby Giz1990 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:44 am

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Hello I have a male bearded dragon who is about 16 months old he seems fit and healthy to me apart from this occasional bark like cough.This cough only happens now and then but has gone on for weeks now no discharge from nose or mouth no wheezing when he's breathing only difference in behaviour is that he doesn't seem hungry anymore? Not sure if it's because of this cough or that its brumation he has nice set of fat pads on his head and a chunky lower tail my tank temp is fine not sure of humidity today as waiting on a new hygrometer which be here today or tomorrow any more info needed just ask

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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:38 am

What are you using for a UVB? coil or a tube? What are the basking temps and how are you taking them? What is the humidity in the tank?
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby Giz1990 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:49 am

Hello it's a tube uvb light basking area is 32c using a reptile thermometer circle one with a gauge inside.and unable check humidity today as waiting on a new one to arrive
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:58 am

A tube please tell me the brand and the bulb? A T 5 or a T 8? Does the hood / fixture have a reflector? You need a digital probe thermometer for accurate basking temps--- stick ons are inaccurate-- your dragon is showing a black beard - means he /she is in distress or pain - basking temps of 89 F is not hot enough -- he needs temps to be 95-110 F --
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby Giz1990 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:06 am

He wasnt happy with me taking a picture that's why he had black beared lol it's back normal now.and the tube not sure t5 or t8 it doesn't say it's a Arcadia UVA UVB it's about 15 inches long no reflector on it it's a glass door vivarium i will put the basking lamp little closer to increase temperatures for now and get a probe thermometer asap
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:11 am

Please look on the bulb it will tell you -- distance and placement is key for effectiveness of rays - if its a T 8 it is way to far for it to be doing any good -- distance for the T 5 is fine but I would recommend you get a reflector and place it directly over the basking decor piece -the reflector will project the rays downward to him -- and it will intensifie the rays as well
https://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/arcadi ... eflectors/
You need to see what the bulb is before you can order a reflector for the hood
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby Giz1990 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:22 am

Ok i will do that here is what it says on the UVA tube [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:40 am

This is a T 8 distance is 6-8 inches directly above the basking decor- it needs to be changed out in 6 months from install I recommend 5 months
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Re: My dragon coughing now and then

Postby Giz1990 » Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:07 am

Ok well the uv is nearly due to be changed

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