New baby beardie making gagging sound?

I picked up Goetta November 2nd from my local PetSmart (I know, I know. I said I'd never support PetSmart's awful breeding standards but something about him had me unable to get him out of my head. And I recently lost my girl, so I guess I was feeling emotionally charged). He very young.

I noticed the employee didn't really know what he was doing but I just kinda prayed he hadn't been under their care too long. He's a very active little dude and is eating, basking, and pooping just fine. But I've noticed him making a gagging sound every so often. I don't hear the standard RI clicking so I'm not sure if it could be that. He's done it since day one but I was hoping it would've resolved itself by now if it was a husbandry issue.
He's under a fresh t5 10.0 bulb. His temps range from 92 to 110 on his hot end/basking area, to 75 on the cool side. At night it sits around 70-75 depending on if our heater kicks on. The humidity has been sitting at about 25%-30%.

It truly sounds like a gagging sound. I also have noticed it's mainly when he leaves his basking perch. That's why I was suspecting an RI because I was thinking maybe he was choking on mucus. Idk. He doesn't have any sort of discharge either.

I just wanted to get some opinions. It's super hard to get in to see a vet in my area. I'm gonna call around tomorrow but they're all usually booked out for weeks and I'm just worried about it being something that needs immediate attention.
 

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Groggyfroggie

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Can you get a video of that? Post on YouTube and link it, our mods experienced owners here may be able to help.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
I picked up Goetta November 2nd from my local PetSmart (I know, I know. I said I'd never support PetSmart's awful breeding standards but something about him had me unable to get him out of my head. And I recently lost my girl, so I guess I was feeling emotionally charged). He very young.

I noticed the employee didn't really know what he was doing but I just kinda prayed he hadn't been under their care too long. He's a very active little dude and is eating, basking, and pooping just fine. But I've noticed him making a gagging sound every so often. I don't hear the standard RI clicking so I'm not sure if it could be that. He's done it since day one but I was hoping it would've resolved itself by now if it was a husbandry issue.
He's under a fresh t5 10.0 bulb. His temps range from 92 to 110 on his hot end/basking area, to 75 on the cool side. At night it sits around 70-75 depending on if our heater kicks on. The humidity has been sitting at about 25%-30%.

It truly sounds like a gagging sound. I also have noticed it's mainly when he leaves his basking perch. That's why I was suspecting an RI because I was thinking maybe he was choking on mucus. Idk. He doesn't have any sort of discharge either.

I just wanted to get some opinions. It's super hard to get in to see a vet in my area. I'm gonna call around tomorrow but they're all usually booked out for weeks and I'm just worried about it being something that needs immediate attention.
How big are the insects your feeding? You dont want them any bigger than the space between his eyes - also the T 5 is where in the tank? top of screen or inside the tank?
 

Weenielord

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How big are the insects your feeding? You dont want them any bigger than the space between his eyes - also the T 5 is where in the tank? top of screen or inside the tank?
He's eating small crickets, Dubia, and calcigrubs. It's inside the tank but I'm actually worried I have it too low. My girl that recently passed away was disabled so I had the fixture a little lower. I'm gonna raise it up in a bit and see if that has any affect on him. He still hasn't made the noise today.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 4 and Blaze is 3
He's eating small crickets, Dubia, and calcigrubs. It's inside the tank but I'm actually worried I have it too low. My girl that recently passed away was disabled so I had the fixture a little lower. I'm gonna raise it up in a bit and see if that has any affect on him. He still hasn't made the noise today.
Distance for a T 5 should be 12-15 inches directly above the basking decor
 

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