Brumating for a very long time

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Brumating for a very long time

Postby LLazyLizard » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:44 am

So my beardie started brumating back in November, and he's still brumating.
In November, he didn't have a hide because he had never used one before, but he started sleeping in corners. After a week or so of this, I got him a cave and he started sleeping in it right away. Eventually we settled into a routine: I woke him up once a week to check on him, give him a bath, etc, and he slept the rest of the time.
However, it's now April. This feels like a really long time for him to be brumating. I extended his light time from 12 hours to 13 hours. I have been bringing him outside when it's warm enough. I've been giving him bugs. But he just keeps going back to sleep! Even if I wake him up, he goes back into his cave within the next couple of days and he will stay there for days if I let him.
Is it unhealthy for him to still be brumating? Should I wake him up every day or should I let him sleep? And is he actually still brumating or is he just lazy (I mean, I wouldn't put it past him)?
Thank you so much!
Edit: He has been eating fine, running around, acting normally, etc. He just wants to be in his cave all the time.
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Re: Brumating for a very long time

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:50 am

From Nov till now is too long-- lets go over the lighting your using-- UVB brand and bulb and where in the tank is it? inside or top of screen? Basking temps what are they and how are you taking them? NO stick ons please--- has he been eating at all? Hydration? Are you giving him water? Did you get a weight on him back in Nov? have you been weighing him at all to see if hes losing weight?
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Re: Brumating for a very long time

Postby LLazyLizard » Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:22 am

He has a 100 watt Zilla heat lamp and I believe his UVB bulb is a ZooMed one (I don't have the box anymore). I just replaced his UVB bulb to make sure it was still giving him the vitamins and such. I just went and got a thermometer and measured the temp in his basking spot. It's about 96 degrees Fahrenheit.
Silly past me forgot to mention it in the original post, but he has been eating normally, he runs around when I bring him out, he's not showing any signs of being lethargic other than the fact all he wants to do is hang out in his cave.
I have not been weighing him, but I will start now for any future reference.
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Re: Brumating for a very long time

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:46 am

So hes eating and not basking at all? The UVB is the T 5 or T 8 and where is it? The difference between the two bulbs is different and it is crucial for correct UVB
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Re: Brumating for a very long time

Postby LLazyLizard » Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:56 am

He basks when he's out, but he just goes back into his cave within a few days and stays there. He has a Reptisun 5.0 UVB. Is that the number you're looking for?
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Re: Brumating for a very long time

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:00 am

Please swap out the 5.0 to a 10.0 - if the UVB is on top of the screen and the screen is a fine mesh hes getting very little UVB- the 5.0 or T 8 its equivalent to is not strong enough to go thru the screen and its blocking 30% of the UVB rays --- please get it changed out get it inside the tank w/ a distance of 12-15 inches --- if you keep the 5.0 the distance would need to be 6-8 inches directly about the basking decor --- the UVB needs to be directly above his basking decor
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Re: Brumating for a very long time

Postby LLazyLizard » Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:08 am

Thank you for your help! I will look at getting a new UVB bulb. :)
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