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Saphira

Postby SaphiraDragon » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:50 am

We just got a beardie from a family who neglected her.
she has no problem with me just she can only eat three crickets and she's two. I am new to lizards but I know this isn't right. Also she is scratching at her vivarium and I let her out. She doesn't run around and occasionally if she does she falls on her back leg. She is colourless. I don't know what to do please help!!!!! We gave her a bath because we thought the grey may have been calci dust but it wasn't. Please help!!! :|
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Re: Saphira

Postby destiny1998 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:28 am

Hi. Can you give a rundown of the set up? Lights used?Temps?Brands?How you take the temps?
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Re: Saphira

Postby Terry15 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:57 am

Here’s a good list of things for her to eat, you might even have some in your fridge. She might be used to more veggies than crickets. You could try Dubia roaches, horn worms, there is quite a variety of good bugs online. Mine won’t eat crickets at all. This is a great message board for all questions. Can you post some pictures of her ?
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
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Re: Saphira

Postby SaphiraDragon » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:10 am

Thank you! With the lighting I don't know the brand because they came with the vivarium but we use calci sand for the substrate. As for the temps we use an exo terra thermometer. We try and keep it between 90 and 95, and we will try and lower it but gradually because her previous owners said they kept it between 100 and 105 which even I know that is way to hot! I have tried using horn worms but she won't touch them so I will try dubia roaches. I give her fresh fruit and veg to but so far I haven't seen her eat any. Thank you for list of foods I'm going to try some with her. I also read that baby food is a good idea!? Do you recommend this? Pictures will come soon!
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Re: Saphira

Postby destiny1998 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:06 am

Hi. You need to get rid of that calcium sand. It's one of the worst substrate there is. Paper towels, tile, non adhesive shelf liner are all good. Those don't cause impaction. You want a temp gun to get the proper temps on the basking spot. It's fine if the temp is 100 to 105. Make sure she's has a cool side no warmer than 78 or so. Also she probably has relocation stress and that can last a week or two.
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Re: Saphira

Postby Terry15 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:11 am

I’ve used baby food before. I have Repashy Grub pie, it’s powered insects, You mix it with hot water and it’s sets up like jello.
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Re: Saphira

Postby Terry15 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:24 am

Get rid of the sand, you can vacuum it out. You can get the non adhesive shelf liner cheap. Less than 10$ a roll.
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Re: Saphira

Postby SaphiraDragon » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:22 am

Thank you for telling me about the sand. She's recently been rolling over and eating it and I was wondering if she was ok. I didn't realise that 100-105 is ok, but I had a friend who has a beardie and she said that it was way to hot. I think she's not used to eating much because she hardly eats anything. I've tried dubia roaches crickets and hornworms. Moving on to baby food. She also does this weird thing where she licks everything in her vivarium, and she has also started opening and shutting her mouth. Does anyone know what it means? Her colour hasn't changed and she still looks grey.
Thanks for helping
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Re: Saphira

Postby LindseyStar » Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:38 pm

SaphiraDragon wrote:Thank you for telling me about the sand. She's recently been rolling over and eating it and I was wondering if she was ok. I didn't realise that 100-105 is ok, but I had a friend who has a beardie and she said that it was way to hot. I think she's not used to eating much because she hardly eats anything. I've tried dubia roaches crickets and hornworms. Moving on to baby food. She also does this weird thing where she licks everything in her vivarium, and she has also started opening and shutting her mouth. Does anyone know what it means? Her colour hasn't changed and she still looks grey.
Thanks for helping


“The taste test.” They lick things to explore them, this is why they get so much sand ingested.
Opening and closing their mouth is them controlling their temperature, it’s perfectly healthy!
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Re: Saphira

Postby SaphiraDragon » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:19 am

Thank you!
She still doesn't move around and she is still grey and pale.
I know bearded dragons aren't supposed to look like and I recently went to the zoo with my sister and we were looking at the bearded dragons and they were all bright and healthy looking.
I really don't know what to do with her.
On the bright side, she eats baby food so that's better.
Thanks for your help
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Re: Saphira

Postby Terry15 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:49 am

Mine will glass surf to until let him out to run around. Mystic does not like it too hot for too long. He wants to be out to poop in the kitchen, then he will find a nice spot to hide. Mystic looks pale in his tank, when he’s out his colors really come out. I do take him outside for some real UVB, just to table on the back deck. He knows to just enjoy it or it’s time to go back inside. [Click image to enlarge]

This is his sweet spot in the kitchen by the fridge.
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Re: Saphira

Postby Terry15 » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:56 am

Here are a few more pictures.
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Re: Saphira

Postby SaphiraDragon » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:00 am

He looks so healthy! I have replaced calci sand with beech chips, it's the only thing I could find in our local pet shop. No shelf liner in our food shops. Paper towels she would just kick up. I think she's quite boarded because she keeps kicking and scratching her vivarium. I take her in to the kitchen for a run around but she freezes. Outside she just try's to make a great escape. Any idea how I can keep her occupied? I play with her but she doesn't really move. I'll put some pictures on soon.
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Re: Saphira

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:21 am

If you can find tile from your local home improvement store I would recommend that- I use it in my tank and I love it - it is the easiest thing to keep clean and no smell if you clean up right away (after they poop) w/ vinegar and water mixture- I have a spray bottle sitting next to Hiccups tank w/ paper towels and it is very easy and convenient-- I pull the tiles out every couple of weeks to clean under them from all the calcium falling thru from the bugs- the tile is not smooth but like a textured surface - just a suggestion --
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Re: Saphira

Postby Terry15 » Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:55 am

Are you in the US ? The beech chips and all loose substrates harbor bacteria. The non adhesive shelf is so cheap & easy to clean & nice for a liner for the tiles. Here I can get it in Walmart, Target, any Kitchen store, Bed Bath & Beyond. You might be able to find it online. Also you could get 1 nice tile to try on top of the shelf liner.
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