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Relocation Stress in new tank

danielc12

Member
I just upgraded my bearded dragon to a new enclosure, and she has been having some really bad relocation stress. She’s been digging in her hide, not basking much, basically pooped on herself, and hasn’t eaten much. I currently have the front of the tank covered with a cloth to hopefully help, but anything else I can do to help her settle in? The enclosure is new, and she also has a new view in our apartment that’s much more active then her old view, so I’m sure she’s really freaked out. Her tank temps and humidity are normal. Thanks!
 

Claudiusx

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Hi there,

It's common for them to get relocation stress when... relocated :D
Just give her some time. I don't think you need to cover the tank though. Let her get used to the new view also. As long as husbandry is up to par, she will come around eventually.

-Brandon
 

danielc12

Member
Original Poster
Hi there,

It's common for them to get relocation stress when... relocated :D
Just give her some time. I don't think you need to cover the tank though. Let her get used to the new view also. As long as husbandry is up to par, she will come around eventually.

-Brandon
Should I attempt to coax her out to eat her bugs, or just leave her alone for now? She’s currently tucked under a towel in her hide
 

Claudiusx

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I tend to like to leave them alone so they can adjust at their own pace. How long has she been in the new tank?

-Brandon
 

danielc12

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I tend to like to leave them alone so they can adjust at their own pace. How long has she been in the new tank?

-Brandon
Since yesterday morning, so about 30 hours now. We’ve subsequently be rearranging our apartment to make space for new furniture, so a lot has been changing in her environment
 

Claudiusx

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Oh yeah, that's not too much time. Relocation stress can take up to and over a week to fully settle. I wouldn't worry about her not eating even if it's been a few days.

-Brandon
 

danielc12

Member
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Oh yeah, that's not too much time. Relocation stress can take up to and over a week to fully settle. I wouldn't worry about her not eating even if it's been a few days.

-Brandon
She came out today and has been basking, ate a full meal of bugs, and has been exploring around the enclosure :’) thank you for all your advice! im so happy to see her adjusting to her new home
 
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