Brumation behavior in June?

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Brumation behavior in June?

Postby SarahGekkou » Thu Jun 10, 2021 6:22 pm

Now, I'll just start off by saying her lighting and temps are fine. Every time I post a question here I'm asked about her lights and every time I list what I got I'm met with approval, so HER LIGHTS ARE FINE.

About 2-3 weeks ago, my 2 year old girl's appetite vastly decreased. She has eaten maybe 3 times in the past couple weeks, even though I offer her food every day.
This past week, she had started sleeping on the cool side of her tank, even inside her hide one day.
I know it's winter in Australia, where bearded dragons are native. But it's 93°+ every day where I live lately, and she's a captive-bred Beardie. I've heard it's possible for them to be so in-tune with their natural instincts that they can brumate during Australian winters/ North American summer. Anyone think this is what's going on? I want to take her into the vet soon anyways, just for a general checkup to make sure she's healthy, but I'm in the middle of moving so that wont be happening for at least another couple weeks.
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Re: Brumation behavior in June?

Postby SarahGekkou » Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:59 pm

Anyone?
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Re: Brumation behavior in June?

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:42 am

Its possible she has parasites/ worms-- take a fecal in to rule that out first ---- too many will cause brumation behavior -- what your describing sounds like parasites -- DO NOT have them do enema - they often end up in disaster
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Re: Brumation behavior in June?

Postby SarahGekkou » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:10 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Its possible she has parasites/ worms-- take a fecal in to rule that out first ---- too many will cause brumation behavior -- what your describing sounds like parasites -- DO NOT have them do enema - they often end up in disaster

Yeah, as I mentioned I plan on taking her to the vet soon. They're closed today so I cant call to make an appointment but I'll do so tomorrow. Probably cant get her in till next Tuesday at the earliest because of work and I'm moving. I'm concerned about getting a fecal sample though since, as I mentioned, shes not eating much. So... that may be difficult.

In the mean time, any other opinions on this matter?
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Re: Brumation behavior in June?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:16 pm

Feed her some canned pumpkin w/ no spices- that will make her poop but don't do it till like a day or two before so you have fresh poop--
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Re: Brumation behavior in June?

Postby SarahGekkou » Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:30 pm

On the plus side, she was up and alert this morning when I woke up. I've got her out of her tank now and, it took her a bit to get going but now she's running around the apartment.
I'll try the pumpkin. She seems to eat small treats when I offer it to her by hand, like a dried cricket or a small piece of butternut squash... I gave her a dropper of water and she went at it like it was a worm, so she must have at least a bit of an appetite.
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Re: Brumation behavior in June?

Postby SarahGekkou » Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:38 pm

I got her to eat today!
Specifically, she had a strawberry, a piece of green bell pepper, and some repashy Beardie buffet. It was her first time eating the repashy and I think she actually really liked it. It's got good protein and calcium content so I feel good about that.

Anyways, I'm still taking her into the vet next tuesday but hopefully this is just a case of her being a really picky eater and me being a hyper-worried dragon mom.
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