Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

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Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby Alupe » Thu May 16, 2019 9:26 am

My dragon is active crazy! She's scratching the walls of her viv, hyperactive, not interested in food the past few days and a mild black beard (comes and goes). I tried to feel for eggs thinking she might be fertile but felt nothing, I even put her in the bath to see. She is shedding on her legs, side of her top and on top of her head. Her belly is also sort of a weird colour and smooth so I assume she's about to shed there. She's just over a year old, hot side of the viv is 38C and the cold side 25C. I thought maybe her behavior is down to shedding and being irritated or maybe it's hormones. Any advice or anything I should be worried about? She's driving me crazy :lol:
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 16, 2019 10:20 am

Please post setup of tank and lighting--- lighting has a lot to do w/ their behavior--- you can post pics by going to top of the page in the banner and click on User Image Uploader - down load pics- click reply - on top of message box click on XIMG - wait for page to refresh and check to see if they posted
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby Alupe » Thu May 16, 2019 11:02 am

Hi Karrie. I can't post any pictures atm because she's sleeping but she has a two month old Zoomed Reptisun 10.0 Lamp, 30 W, 36" 914 mm that goes along the top of her viv. Her vivarium is Width 1150, Depth 375, Height 421 mm so plenty of room to move around. It's basically https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vivexotic-Repti-Home-Vivarium-Medium-Beech/dp/B009IPRV9G/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=bearded%2Bdragon%2Bvivarium&qid=1558033193&s=gateway&sr=8-4&th=1of amazon (large). The temperature is regulated by a thermostat to ensure it's the correct temperature.
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 16, 2019 11:28 am

Is the UVB in the tank? Could be hormones it is breeding season
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby Alupe » Thu May 16, 2019 11:44 am

Hi Karrie. Yes the UVB is within the tank :) . I did read online about "Spring Fever" but wasn't sure how it effected female dragons. Do you know how long this typically lasts? She's only been like this since Monday, she was eating fine and pooping normally on Sunday but hasn't eaten much (outside a bit of veg) since then.

I'm probably just overreacting but I just want her to be happy and sometimes just feels like I'm missing something :oops:
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 16, 2019 12:09 pm

Some others on the forum would haft answer that question-- I have not had to deal w/ this type of issue so they would be better to answer that
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby CooperDragon » Thu May 16, 2019 12:39 pm

Spring fever can last weeks or months. My guy started acting hyper in January and is just now calming down. As long as she isn't losing much weight and is active then she's probably OK. Do be on the lookout for digging behavior in case she needs to lay eggs.
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby Alupe » Sat May 18, 2019 2:21 am

Thanks for all your responses! I got her a laybox just in case. Every time she digs I put her in it. Once I do that though she just tries to get out or sits there. I made a little hole in the playsand hill to see if she will keep digging but nothing. Should I leave her in there? Any advice?

She has all the signs of infertile egg. Digging the walls/floor in her viv. Not eating. Pooping small amounts daily. I heard you cant always feel infertile eggs so I'm really not sure.
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby Alupe » Sun May 19, 2019 10:40 am

She just popped out an egg! Only one mind you, and this was hours after digging... and she did drop it in the sand but where she was basking... but progress! She's asleep now but I assume there's going to be more. Will she be alright and continue digging tomorrow? I really hope someone responds because I'm freaking out :blob8:
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Re: Shedding Behaviour Female Drag

Postby CooperDragon » Mon May 20, 2019 12:22 pm

Mystery solved! She may continue digging and lay the eggs in batches over the next several days so keep giving her access to the dig box.
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