Older than thought?

Hazelthebeardeddragon

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Hazel
So when I got hazel she was 8-9 inches long snout to end of tail. She would eat like a hog and everything. This led me to believe she was only a few weeks- a month old however now I’ve noticed she is in her hide more, when fed bugs she only eats maybe 10-15 then she is done, and she is eating salad but not a lot. She’s about a foot long now. I use a 10.0 24 in reptisun uvb. I use a flukers basking bulb. Basking temps are around 100-105 F. Ambient temp is 80 on warm side 75 on cool side. This Christmas I am getting a 120 gallon tank rn she is in a 48 gallon. Is there any way she could be older but stunted, could she be trying to brumate, is it possibly due to shedding a little?
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
So when I got hazel she was 8-9 inches long snout to end of tail. She would eat like a hog and everything. This led me to believe she was only a few weeks- a month old however now I’ve noticed she is in her hide more, when fed bugs she only eats maybe 10-15 then she is done, and she is eating salad but not a lot. She’s about a foot long now. I use a 10.0 24 in reptisun uvb. I use a flukers basking bulb. Basking temps are around 100-105 F. Ambient temp is 80 on warm side 75 on cool side. This Christmas I am getting a 120 gallon tank rn she is in a 48 gallon. Is there any way she could be older but stunted, could she be trying to brumate, is it possibly due to shedding a little?
Where did you get her from? Your ambient temp on the warm side should be close to 100 or so and 80 on the cool side -- Its possible the dragon was stunted but that is pretty young when you got her - dragons grow at their own rate -- good lighting surface basking temps and good diet she may have a big growth spurt --
 

Hazelthebeardeddragon

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Where did you get her from? Your ambient temp on the warm side should be close to 100 or so and 80 on the cool side -- Its possible the dragon was stunted but that is pretty young when you got her - dragons grow at their own rate -- good lighting surface basking temps and good diet she may have a big growth spurt --
Got her from pet smart, didn’t know how bad that was till after. The ambient temp is more around 90 then 80
 

Hazelthebeardeddragon

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Ok so her start may have gotten delayed --- they dont have very good care from there so just keep up w/ a good diet and her temps etc -
Ok. When I saw what they kept them in my heart broke. Is there any reason why she may be in her hides more often and eating less, I’ve had her for a few months and she’s just now doing this so I’m wondering if it could be brumation
 

AHBD

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So when I got hazel she was 8-9 inches long snout to end of tail. She would eat like a hog and everything. This led me to believe she was only a few weeks- a month old however now I’ve noticed she is in her hide more, when fed bugs she only eats maybe 10-15 then she is done, and she is eating salad but not a lot. She’s about a foot long now. I use a 10.0 24 in reptisun uvb. I use a flukers basking bulb. Basking temps are around 100-105 F. Ambient temp is 80 on warm side 75 on cool side. This Christmas I am getting a 120 gallon tank rn she is in a 48 gallon. Is there any way she could be older but stunted, could she be trying to brumate, is it possibly due to shedding a little?
An 8-9" dragon would usually be at least 2,maybe 3 months old. She looks very healthy so you've taken good care of her and it's fine if she goes in to sleepy mode for a while. She's nice looking too !
 

Hazelthebeardeddragon

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An 8-9" dragon would usually be at least 2,maybe 3 months old. She looks very healthy so you've taken good care of her and it's fine if she goes in to sleepy mode for a while. She's nice looking too !
Should I still get her up and feed her or leave her be?
 

AHBD

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Just leave her be for a week or so, she's young and on the small side so it's likely that she won't go in to a real brumation. She might sleep a little off + on and then come out and you can offer food the entire time.
 

Hazelthebeardeddragon

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Just leave her be for a week or so, she's young and on the small side so it's likely that she won't go in to a real brumation. She might sleep a little off + on and then come out and you can offer food the entire time.
Ok, I have noticed that she does come out sometimes to bask, instead of waiting for a certain time I’ll just feed when she’s out
 

Drache613

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Hello,

I totally agree, she looks great & while she might have been stunted I think she will be fine.
It's fine for her to go through a little slow down phase but like AHBD said, it likely wouldn't be
very long!

Tracie
 

Hazelthebeardeddragon

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Hazel
Just leave her be for a week or so, she's young and on the small side so it's likely that she won't go in to a real brumation. She might sleep a little off + on and then come out and you can offer food the entire time.
If she’s not out when I offer food should I get her out or will she be ok missing a dwy
 

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