Is my beardie too hot?

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Is my beardie too hot?

Postby wendysn63 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:22 pm

I posted a new intro earlier this week. Since then our new kid (Atlas) has been found lounging in his water bowl a couple of days?? Is he thirsty or hot?
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:27 pm

He could be hot. Sometimes they like sitting in the water. It can be dangerous if the water is deep or if they are left there for long periods (especially overnight). What are the surface temperature readings around your enclosure?
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby wendysn63 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:06 pm

I don't think it's too hot on the surface but I will have my husband check tomorrow when Atlas wakes up and his lighting is back on for the day.
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby wendysn63 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:07 pm

Well the hottest spot on the surface is 82. Today though after his lighting came on...he went into his cubby cave??? Except to eat a bit. Is it a concern, because he normally wants to come out.
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby CooperDragon » Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:37 pm

82 is definitely not too hot. Is that basking spot temp or the temp on the cool end near the water dish? It's possible he is going through a sleepy phase which happens now and then. I would check his weight and monitor that though. If it is dropping then there could be an underlying issue. If it remains stable then he is likely OK since they adjust their metabolism to compensate during slowdowns.
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby wendysn63 » Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:36 pm

Okay yeah that's in his basking area
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby CooperDragon » Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:55 pm

OK then I advise trying to either get the basking light closer (no closer than about 12'' for safety and beam width) or try using a higher wattage bulb. You want to shoot for around 100-105 on the basking surface with areas around that in the 90s. Then a gradient down to 75-80 or so on the cool side of the enclosure. Providing that heat gradient will give options but provide temps high enough to allow for proper digestion and overall health. It may be the cool temps causing the slowdown so I'd start there and see how it goes once the temps are within a warmer range for a bit.
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Re: Is my beardie too hot?

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:11 pm

Chart you'll find adapted for CBD used by / cited by Dr.Brown here
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is this from zoologists who observed a range of wild dragons' thermal behaviours
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as good a guide as you'll find anywhere.

Preferred operating body temperature for CBDs is 36 degC.
I wouldn't let a CBD be exposed for more than an hour to temperatures exceeding 42 degC.
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