Couple of questions

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Shenron11

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So i have a few questions about my beardie.
First off, he is about a year and 2 months. He hasnt really been basking as much as normal but laying more on the warm side, not hot. His temps and everything is right. Possible burmation?
I recently got his first fecal done, and he had pinworms which he is being treated for ( and i think he is already feeling a little better :blob5: :blob8: ). How bad are pinworms? just curious.
I give him a bath pretty much once a day, and while in there he puts on his happiest colors but he also black beards occasionally. I really dont understand! Any ideas?

Thanks!
 

NightmareDisco

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Pinworms are a simple fix if caught soon enough. It is possible that the meds are affecting his mood a bit, they can sometimes cause upset stomach and such. Panacur, I assume?
As for not basking as much, I know that my dragon goes through phases like this but usually snaps out of it in a few days or a week. Just for argument's sake, what is your basking temp?
When in the bath, as long as the water isn't too deep, I'd assume that the occasional blackbearding is just him telling you that maybe he wants to get out. Nemesis (my dragon) also does this once in a while. Are you talking full on black beard puffed out and all that, or just colour change?
Hope I could ease your mind a little. Keep us updated :)

EDIT: I don't know a whole lot about brumation other than reading the article on here. But, to my understanding, it is supposed to occur during colder weather. Not sure where you live. But unless he's hiding and not wanting to eat, my best guess would be that he is not trying to brumate. Hopefully someone with more brumation experience will chime in.
 

diamc

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As well as telling us the temps, could you also fill us in on the type of thermometer you're using and exactly where you're checking the temps? Usually if they are starting to brumate, they will move way over to the cool side or hide under a log rather than staying on the warm side.

Sorry that he had pinworms. That's good that he's getting treatment. Are you also giving a probiotic to help restore the good gut flora?

My female actually gets a darkened beard when she is ready to get out of her bath.
 

Shenron11

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Yea im using pancure, and no i havent given him any probiotics yet, he still needs another dose in a couple of days. Should i be giving it to him now? And the temp is 105-110 right under his basking light, but his cage is 125+ gallons. And im using a thermometer i was reccomended to on here from walmart with a probe. Yea he doesnt really like the bath too much, he always tries to run out but he always put his happy colors on which i think is funny. He has been hiding a tiny bit under the log i have by the basking spot. ( he never has really hid, even when he was a wee baby! I think he is brave) And yea its just a coloration change. Also, coud the pinworms be giving him problems with digesting his supers? There is always the shells in his poop. And its all i can get him to eat these days! He is a little over 18 inches and ways 377, is that a good weight?

Thanks for the help :)
 

NightmareDisco

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The pinworms could easily be affecting his digestion, but more likely it is because of him not basking. Any way you could add another light toward the middle to up the ambient temp on the hot side and then maybe lower the actual basking temp? Adults tend to like slightly lower (100 F) temps than babies. This is what I had to do for my girl when she went through this phaze.
Could you post a pic of your dragon? The weight sounds good. My girl is the same lenghth and 517 g...but she's a bit of a fatty.
The probe thermometer sounds good.
 

Shenron11

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Well actually I mad a custom cage so i could only add a lower watt bulb to him cool side, but then again its like a two story thing so he could still be cool. Ill post pics in a little. Thanks for everything! (Going to take pics now!) They don't fully fill out til about 2 years right?
 

Shenron11

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First off, thank you so much for all the help!

I hope this works, it even has some pics of him as a wee baby when i first got him!

http://s981.photobucket.com/albums/ae300/alexsong11/

He is looking a little brighter than he has been, mostly his head is brighter. His body can get WAAY brighter than that too :)

Also i know sand isnt good, i've actually been making him some basking spots and there will be remodeling soon with tile and a back ground and stuff!
 

NightmareDisco

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It says your album is private and I can't look at it. You can hit the button above where you are typing that says Img and put the direct link of each photo into it and it will appear on here.
And the sooner the better on the sand removal :wink:
 

Shenron11

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alexsong11


http://s981.photobucket.com/albums/ae300/alexsong11/?action=view&current=IMG_2967.jpg#!oZZ1QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs981.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae300%2Falexsong11%2F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3DShenron4.jpg


Just testing it out real quick to see if either will work

And as you will see from the picture he hardly goes in the sand
 

NightmareDisco

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He looks good from what I can see. My best suggestion would be install a plug on the cool side so you can add a lower wattage bulb, maybe just a 75, to up the ambient temp. Where is his UVB and what brand is it?
 

Shenron11

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Which link worked, the first or second one? I have a few more pics to show. He has a reptisun 10.0 running in between where the lights can go. There is a spot on the cool side, and i do have a spare 75 watt so perfect :p
 

NightmareDisco

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Here is a pic of my girl's custom set up. Note the bulbs on each side and the UVB in the back. It might be a pain to alter the construction of the viv, but it may be best for your boy.
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