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Scales appeared 2/01. From 2/02-2/10 used SSD cream twice daily. Betadine once daily from 2/03 to 2/18. Keep area clean and dry. One bath on 3/01 because I could see her scales were ready to shed. Fresh scales underneath have no visible issue.
The rest of her head still needs to shed so it looks darker than it normally does
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Writing this to help plan my future vet visit and receive input.
Overall I am fairly confident she is healthy. My areas of concern are (1) she might be small for a sudadult/adult dragon who also (2) recently woke from brumation and might decide to lay eggs. (3) Her food habits are eating not much food while also having a lot of seemingly hyper spring dragon energy. (4) Annual veterinary visit will include fecal sample, physical exam, and standard reptilian chemistries [Total protein, SGOT (AST), Phosphorus, Glucose, Calcium, CPK, and Uric Acid]. We can compare to 2019 chemistry results. (5) Some of her teeth are discolored at the base and I will bring that issue up to the vet.
Woke up on 1/04/2020. 108 days brumation.
As of yesterday she is 16 inches long and 386 grams. So her pre-brumation weight has been restored. Devlyn is now 17 months old, soon to be 18 months! Same length. She might be a tad small for an adult which I chalk up to the early in life stumbles that happened before I adopted her at age 6 months.
We are adjusting back to food. Initially she got a hornworm almost every day after waking up, about 15 hornworms. She needed the hydration. She has had 2 dubia meals, maybe 20 small roaches total since waking up. I purposely gave her small small roaches.
For the discolored teeth. That spot of her mouth always has a tendency to have food get stuck there. The gums are pink same as rest of mouth. Teeth are normal teeth color except for the base. I tried rubbing the area with a moist cotton swab but the color stays. Devlyn is resistant squirmy if I look in her mouth, but does not show any distressed signs. No blackbeard. No biting. No scratching.
Sadly it seems like she has regressed from her good salad eating behavior we worked on last year. I know the bug feast after waking may be influencing her too, she wants the bugs. Her poops have become super regular, every other day, which is the best regular for her ever. Hornworms were good for that. Now we have to go back onto salads. Salad = dark leafy greens, vegetables, squashes, and some fruit in that order. I make about 1 cup of salad so she has variety.
She has been very rambunctious since waking up and runs through her salad bowl. This is new for her. Makes tracking how much salad she eats difficult as the leaves will wilt quickly when she drags some over to the hot side and other pieces are trampled so much I can’t tell how much she is eating. I can tell, however, she isn’t eating much greens. As of today 1/24/2020 it has been probably 5 days she has not eaten food. Coming up on the weekend she will get some dubia roaches and crickets, probably 12 bugs total, salad every day. I 100% can withhold bugs and be more stubborn than she is to get her eating her greens. Syringe water feeding is an option for hydration which I have done and will do if needed: 1-2% water per bodyweight in grams, which is about 4-7cc water, 5 as a goal for ease when needed.
I will start over from the beginning to teach her that salad is good. Current plan for insect meals are 1 or 2 days per week. Alternating week by week.
She has in general lost her mind. HYPERACTIVE SPRING DRAGON DESTROY EVERYTHING MODE. I have a camera on her, starting around 9:00am until 5:00pm or whenever I get home from work she is moving. Glass surfing. Digging in a dig area I gave her just in case she feels like eggs. [50/50 washed playsand mixed with organic potting mix that was baked to sterilize a few months ago. She does not poop in the box or even close to it.] Other than digging no signs of eggs. She basks. She has figured out how to take her hammock off the wall and does that every day now. She knocks over 1 fake plant over and over for me to put upright. She appears bored in her enclosure and wreaks havoc. Outside she will run around a little, loves looking out the windows, and she will cuddle on her own terms. She will occasionally do a partial blackbeard if she gets cold outside her enclosure, warming her back up removes the blackbeard. Partial because it is black stripes and some belly stress lines – not even close to as dark as she can get.
ENCLOSURE - Lighting is currently 100 watt reptile basking bulb (Exo Terra day bulb). UVB T5 34" Arcadia 12% new after waking up 1/04/2020 with reflector at 8 to 18/20 inches distance. Temps measured mainly by probes, a Herpstat1, ZooMed digital probes. Confession: I don’t own an IR gun yet. Hot spot 105°-110°F right now, 90°s, 80°s, and then cool corner is 76°F above the digging dirt during the day. Enclosure 48” by 17” by 19” wood with plastic sliding doors and ventilation ports. I open her door wide at least every morning and night for additional fresh air. Humidity can get down to 10% in my house in winter. My humidity gauges are analogue. Lowest night temp is 65°F. That is the lowest temperature by morning time, often it is between 68°F to 70°F. Cold nights make my house cooler than some days. No overnight heating provided. I have a CHE and additional ceramic fixture on hand if needed, they are not installed in the enclosure. Wake times from 7:00am to 8:30pm. She sleeps with bright happy colors for her scales.
Should I give my vet any other info?