Brummation and eating

Reggiesmummy

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Good afternoon sorry if I waffle on but I’m panicking and trying to get all and any information on here even if irrelevant. Also I’m I’m based if that helps any and this is my first beardie.
My bearded dragon reggie is 14 months old and has been brumating for about 10 weeks. I came home 3 days ago ( had to take my 18 year old back to army base so was out around 4 hours) and my eldest had gone out leaving the central heating on, I came in to find reggie had woke up and was looking around as if to say “ hi mum” I did as I’d read and lights on immediately she had a soak then wolfed some Dubai’s down. She had her usual cuddles and relaxed in her housing watching tv as if brumatiin never happened. The next day she went back into brumatiin mode straight back to where she had brumated and was digging before going to sleep, she’s since then woke up but not moved and not shown any interest in anything. She doesn’t drink water and hasn’t since owning her when she was around 6 weeks old so we ensure we soak her and that her Dubai’s and her greens are gut loaded and misted etc.
I’m now worried the heating temperatures woke her before she was ready ( it’s currently 40f maximum during the day here) and her enclosure is set to 68f day and 60f night the day the central heating was left on pushed my home’s temperature to 100f.
She’s eaten and not passed a bowel movement so I’m scared she will become ill from brumating with food inside her. I’ve continued with her lighting as if she was awake to try help her digest her food but I’m at a total loss as to what to do.
Any help would be amazing as where I live is a tiny village in the middle of nowhere that only has farm, dog and cat vets nothing for reptiles unless I travel approximately 2-3 hours.
 

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It will probably take a few days for the food to work through her system, their systems nearly shut diwn during brumation. As far as water, the need liquid water from time to time. Contrary to popular belief they DO NOT hydrate from soaking, that only works if they actually drink the water. You can use an eyedropper to drip it on their nose. If they still don't drink you can add in a little none citrus fruit juice to give it flavor.
 

Reggiesmummy

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Reggie
It will probably take a few days for the food to work through her system, their systems nearly shut diwn during brumation. As far as water, the need liquid water from time to time. Contrary to popular belief they DO NOT hydrate from soaking, that only works if they actually drink the water. You can use an eyedropper to drip it on their nose. If they still don't drink you can add in a little none citrus fruit juice to give it flavor.
Thankyou so much I’ve tried plain water in a dropper and she’s not bothered she just looks at you as if to say “ what the heck are you doing” she doesn’t lick her lips after or anything but tomorrow I will definitely try adding a little fruit juice at present I have to mist her greens or whatever I’m feeding her, only time I’ve seen her lick anything other than food is she will taste her wood and fake leaves and off she ponders to bask of climb etc. I will give her a few days and see if if she passes a bowel movement also whilst trying the dropper to get her to drink.
 

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First, tell yourself that these creatures have been doing this for millennia, and know what to do to survive.

I don't know how the whole myth got started in regards to food rotting in a dragons stomach that is brumating, but if you think logically about it, that's quite absurd.

These are creatures that from day 1 of their life know how to survive out in the wild and in the elements. It's engrained in their being. Trust that they know what they are doing :)

Your dragon seems well cared for, which likely means it's healthy. It knows what it needs to do, and it knows what it shouldn't do. If she wants to go back to sleep, let her have her peace. Once she wakes up I'm sure she will have a big ol poo for you :ROFLMAO:

TLDR: Don't worry. Let your dragon do what nature has already troubleshooted and perfected.

-Brandon
 

Reggiesmummy

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Reggie
First, tell yourself that these creatures have been doing this for millennia, and know what to do to survive.

I don't know how the whole myth got started in regards to food rotting in a dragons stomach that is brumating, but if you think logically about it, that's quite absurd.

These are creatures that from day 1 of their life know how to survive out in the wild and in the elements. It's engrained in their being. Trust that they know what they are doing :)

Your dragon seems well cared for, which likely means it's healthy. It knows what it needs to do, and it knows what it shouldn't do. If she wants to go back to sleep, let her have her peace. Once she wakes up I'm sure she will have a big ol poo for you :ROFLMAO:

TLDR: Don't worry. Let your dragon do what nature has already troubleshooted and perfected.

-Brandon
Thankyou so very much she’s a bit more active still not full on reggie mode but no poo, I’m allowing her to go when she wants she was a happy, healthy beardie before so Thankyou I’m going to fully take your advice and let her do what she wants and trust her
 

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