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jadeterry

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earlier i asked about my lizrd attacking me. then after i put the stump in there, he seemed calmer, then he wouldnt eat for three days and could barely move. i had water in there, shade, a place to hide, and a healthy temp range. so me and my mom forced his mouth open and put a SMALL cricket in there. he ate it, but still no change. so mom held him while i bleached everything in his tank, including the tank itself, and then gave him a quick warm bath. the next morning he was dead. i plan on gettting more, but i want to know what i did wrong, cause it broke my heart the first time, i can't handle it again. he was about 6-7 mnths old, and i had him almost 2 mnths
 

Poisoned1

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jadeterry":d45ff said:
earlier i asked about my lizrd attacking me. then after i put the stump in there, he seemed calmer, then he wouldnt eat for three days and could barely move. i had water in there, shade, a place to hide, and a healthy temp range. so me and my mom forced his mouth open and put a SMALL cricket in there. he ate it, but still no change. so mom held him while i bleached everything in his tank, including the tank itself, and then gave him a quick warm bath. the next morning he was dead. i plan on gettting more, but i want to know what i did wrong, cause it broke my heart the first time, i can't handle it again. he was about 6-7 mnths old, and i had him almost 2 mnths


After bleaching did you make sure there was no bleach smell in there? The fumes could have possibily killed him. Also force feeding a cricket is not too smart as they could choke, but like you said he did keep on going but I doubt it.

Could you go over your set up?

How big?
What lights?
What were the temperatures?

What were you feeding?
What kind of supplements were you supplying?
What substrate did you have?
 

WAFisherman

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He was probably sick when you got him. Did you get him from a pet store? Did you know what to look for in a healthy little beardie?

Describe your setup better... What did you use for UVB? What temp was the basking spot, ambient temp (mid tank air just circulating around), and cool side temps? Distance to UVB and basking light? How about humidity levels? How were these checked? What were night temps and what heat source if any did you use?

What kind of substrate?

What kind of food? Are you sure they were appropriate sized?

Sorry for your loss!
 

jadeterry

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i had a heat lamp on him. temp went from 72 to 107. i just used a regular light bulb. i had a towel on the bottem of his tank. his crix were medium sized, but he never had a porblem eating them. i fed him bell peppers one day, he ate them and didn't eat any crix after. then he wouldn't eat anything for 3 days. and when we opened his mouth and put it in, he chewed it up before he ate it. it sucks
 

Ethelia

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jadeterry":5b36a said:
i had a heat lamp on him. temp went from 72 to 107. i just used a regular light bulb. i had a towel on the bottem of his tank. his crix were medium sized, but he never had a porblem eating them. i fed him bell peppers one day, he ate them and didn't eat any crix after. then he wouldn't eat anything for 3 days. and when we opened his mouth and put it in, he chewed it up before he ate it. it sucks

Im sorry for your loss.

Medium sized crickets definatly sound too big. They should only be the size of the space between your dragons eyes. So for a baby they would have to be tiny.
Dragons should also be offered fresh veggies daily dusted with vitamins or calicum suppliments to help them grow.

Also dragons need UVB light to grow, digest food and surive. A normal light bulb would not have been good enough for him.


Im sorry for your loss, but dragons requires a high standard of care and keeping a dragon happy and healthy is a large undertaking.
Keep dragons means buying specialist UVB bulbs, carefully monitoring temperatures with a digital thermometre, ensuring healthy night time temperatures, buying boxes of live feeders each week, providing a fresh bowl of vegitables daily and dusting their food with vitamin and calcium suppliments.

I hope you do go on to keep a happy healthy dragon in the future, but I hope you will address these issues.

God bless.

Holly
 

Drache613

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Hello,

I am sorry for your loss of your baby. :cry: Unfortunately, we have all fallen prey to bad advice in the past, so we do understand.
There appears to be some problems with your tank setup, so, before you get another dragon, it would be a good idea for us to review the husbandry so this does not happen again in the future. They do have very specific needs that need to met in order for them to maintain their health.
We hope you decide to stick around & learn more about bearded dragon care. We will do everything we can to help you.


Tracie
 

vickson420

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Hello
I am sorry for your loss.
As was stated before you probably recieved alot of misinformation in regards to the care required.While I understand you want to get another beardie I think its important that you make sure you have the correct set up befor you get another.They require both uvb and heat so you will need to get a reptiSUN 10.0 linear bulb for uvb and you can use the regular household bulb for heat.Beardie cannot thrive and survive without uvb.Do not get coil,compact bulbs and stay away from the reptiglo 10.0 and desert series uvb as well they are not good bulbs at the moment.You will also need a digital probe thermometer or an infared temp gun,repcal calcium with D3,herptivite mulitvitamin,appropriately sized crix(no bigger then the space between their eyes),fresh veggies daily.I will attach some links for you as well and I also recommend before making any purchases you post here first because the pet stores are notorious for selling you things you dont need or that are bad for them.
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/caresheet/
http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com/GeneralCare.html
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/vitamins/
http://www.beautifuldragons.503xtreme.com/Nutrition.html
 
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