New adult beardie In Hide/Sleeps all day

Wandaa

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I got my first bearded dragon about a month ago, a 5 year old female. When we first got her her set up wasn't the best so we changed it around a bit (they had the uvb running across the bottom and no heat lamp just ceramic heater) so we put the uvb running across the top of the enclosure and added a heat lamp. We didn't change much about the decor because that was all fine. My problem is my beardie will spend all day inside her hide if I don't get her out. When we do get her out at first (first couple of weeks) she would stay out all day eating greens bugs ect pretty active but now she stays out for about half an hour and goes strait back into her hide. She has stopped eating her greens but will still eat her bugs (we like to bring her out of her enclosure to eat bugs). I'm not sure because she's been adopted what her normal behaviour is or what's abnormal for her yet. I'm not sure if she's trying to brumate or if she just doesn't like us! It's summer here. I'd just like some advice on what to do, been a first time owner I'm worried but also don't want to screw with her if she's just trying to brumate?
 

Wandaa

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I got my first bearded dragon about a month ago, a 5 year old female. When we first got her her set up wasn't the best so we changed it around a bit (they had the uvb running across the bottom and no heat lamp just ceramic heater) so we put the uvb running across the top of the enclosure and added a heat lamp. We didn't change much about the decor because that was all fine. My problem is my beardie will spend all day inside her hide if I don't get her out. When we do get her out at first (first couple of weeks) she would stay out all day eating greens bugs ect pretty active but now she stays out for about half an hour and goes strait back into her hide. She has stopped eating her greens but will still eat her bugs (we like to bring her out of her enclosure to eat bugs). I'm not sure because she's been adopted what her normal behaviour is or what's abnormal for her yet. I'm not sure if she's trying to brumate or if she just doesn't like us! It's summer here. I'd just like some advice on what to do, been a first time owner I'm worried but also don't want to screw with her if she's just trying to brumate?
Additionally, the ceramic heater that the enclosure came with with the previous owner was kept on all day at 35°c and we noticed that her entire enclosure was hot and there was no gradient, so maybe with the changes we've made (making a cool side for her) she thinks it's getting cold?
 

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