Brumation in may?

Subion

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Beardie name(s)
Zilla
My dragon has been wanting to sleep all day long this week. With it being may is that normal? She never has went into brumation this time of year before. I’ve had her 7 years now. Last few weeks she would get up on her own between 8-10 am and want to sit in the window or outside on nice days, even try to climb walls and being somewhat active. A few days she was a handful and all over the place. Then the weather here got rainy ant the beginning of the week and temps dropped a little bit, yesterday it was around 80 degrees out and she still seems sleepy except when we were outside.

When we go out she holds her head up good and she also seems to still have her appetite when it comes to bugs and some fruit. I let her sleep for about 3 full days and the first day I woke her up she ate about 7 ml of crit care like she was starved. when we’re outside or she’s in her lights she will hold her head up and look around but soon as she gets inside or a little darker she starts acting like she’s sleepy and closes her eyes after a bit. Some days she’s wakes up as soon as I uncover her other she takes maybe 5 min to wake up or me picking her up first. Yesterday I put her in the bath since she loves to swim and she walked to the side and just held on and didn’t want to move from there. Soon as she was out she was ready for bed.

Only thing besides the weather that changed was I got her a lower temp basking light since my room gets a lot hotter when it’s a little warmer out. The old was getting to be around 110+degrees on warm days where she set and she’d only stay in it for about 45 min to an hour before going to the cool side. The new one gets around 93-95 degree. She does have a 6 month checkup with her vet Mon. Just want to make sure I don’t need to get her seen sooner by someone else if something is wrong.
 
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Chris.

Sub-Adult Member
Beardie name(s)
Luis and Lilith
Could be she just wants to slow down, mine also seem to be less active and sleepy on cold days even though the temps inside are consistent.

93-95 is quite cool though, personally I'm a big fan of having a warmer basking spot with a gradient for them to choose what they want.
The basking spots in my tanks get up to 120ish in the afternoon and my dragons will stay to the side of the beam mostly by then but will for sure get in the direct beam from time to time. Especially when they have been out and want to get back to temp quick.
 

Subion

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Original Poster
Beardie name(s)
Zilla
My boy Mirage has been doing the same. Our vet said to keep an eye on him and try to interact with him more.
I spend a lot of time with her when she’s awake. She got up a little last night on her own but slept all day today again.
 

Subion

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Original Poster
Beardie name(s)
Zilla
Could be she just wants to slow down, mine also seem to be less active and sleepy on cold days even though the temps inside are consistent.

93-95 is quite cool though, personally I'm a big fan of having a warmer basking spot with a gradient for them to choose what they want.
The basking spots in my tanks get up to 120ish in the afternoon and my dragons will stay to the side of the beam mostly by then but will for sure get in the direct beam from time to time. Especially when they have been out and want to get back to temp quick.
That’s what I’m hoping, but my girl has a good size tank so she can get in and out of the light when she wants. Thing is she seems to enjoy it around 90-95 more than anything. Any hotter she gets out of it about an hour at most later and she never goes back in it. My vet told me to keep it around 90s just so she’s stay in it more especially since she still acts like she gets hot enough to open her mouth like she’s regulating her heat. Not to mention on hotter days it gets warmer in her setup. The room she’s in doesn’t get much air besides a fan and it’s on the side of the house where the sun shines the hottest through the day. That’s why I had to change the basking bulb. With it getting warmer her tank would easily get over 120 degrees in her basking spot.
 

Rocky2022

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Beardie name(s)
Rocky, Ruby
My two are going through the same. The weather keeps fluctuating so I think it's simply hair taking its course. I'm so proud of me because I cried like a baby before. Now I'm like, oh I'll see him soon.

It helps having two because while they are exhibiting the same behavior, the time may be different for each.

Look how I've grown @xp29
 

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