Bearded Dragon… weird behavior

gmsblaze

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Blaze & Sushi
Hi all!

My bearded dragon has been acting weird for the past 48 hours. She’s been opening her mouth slightly like she’s trying to drink something & then closes it.

She’s also been trying to climb to the highest point of her terrarium which is not like her.

Any insights? Her humidity levels have been low due to the weather so I’ve been spraying to keep them up.
 

gmsblaze

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Blaze & Sushi
Hi all!

My bearded dragon has been acting weird for the past 48 hours. She’s been opening her mouth slightly like she’s trying to drink something & then closes it.

She’s also been trying to climb to the highest point of her terrarium which is not like her.

Any insights? Her humidity levels have been low due to the weather so I’ve been spraying to keep them up.
 

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hdochow

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is that spot under her uvb? and is the uvb a long straight tube or a coil/compact in a dome? my first thought is inadequate uvb for the climbing high up part.
 

gmsblaze

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is that spot under her uvb? and is the uvb a long straight tube or a coil/compact in a dome? my first thought is inadequate uvb for the climbing high up part.
That spot is on her cold side. Her UVB is a tube that goes halfway across on her basking side
 

Drache613

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Hello,

Are you using a digital probe or temp gun to measure the temperatures?
If she is gaping too often, the she may be getting too hot. Definitely post a few
pictures of your lighting setup.

Tracie
 

gmsblaze

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Blaze & Sushi
Hello,

Are you using a digital probe or temp gun to measure the temperatures?
If she is gaping too often, the she may be getting too hot. Definitely post a few
pictures of your lighting setup.

Tracie
I️ use a digital probe. Her temperatures don’t get higher than 90-95, & then cool side during the day is between 75-80. She isn’t gaping, she just opens her mouth slightly like she does when she drinks water & then closes it.
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I️ use a digital probe. Her temperatures don’t get higher than 90-95, & then cool side during the day is between 75-80. She isn’t gaping, she just opens her mouth slightly like she does when she drinks water & then closes it.
I see the UVB is that a T 5 or a T 8? If its a T8 it needs to be inside the tank --- and if its a T 5 the same as the screen looks to be a fine mesh like a screen door - the distance between the two bulbs is going to be different tho
 

gmsblaze

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Blaze & Sushi
I see the UVB is that a T 5 or a T 8? If its a T8 it needs to be inside the tank --- and if its a T 5 the same as the screen looks to be a fine mesh like a screen door - the distance between the two bulbs is going to be different tho
Yes, I’m aware. It’s a T5 which is why it is on the top of the mesh screen.
 

gmsblaze

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If the screen is a fine mesh like a screen door its blocking 30% of the UVB rays- which means she is not getting enough
She’s had the same set up since January… her behavior only changed within the last few days. She has never had an issue with her UVB. Her T5 bulb has been replaced within 6 months & is less than 6 inches above her basking rock. I’m not sure if it’s her UVB… :)
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
She’s had the same set up since January… her behavior only changed within the last few days. She has never had an issue with her UVB. Her T5 bulb has been replaced within 6 months & is less than 6 inches above her basking rock. I’m not sure if it’s her UVB… :)
Please get it unobstructed and the distance 12-15 inches and then watch her behavior---- she needs the UVB rays and the screen is blocking 30% of the rays
 

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