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    Impaction problem plz help

    my beardie "nugget" is about 8 months old and is about a foot long from nose to tip of tail. had her for about 6 months now. we have a 10 gal terrarium with a 50 watt UV light and a 50 watt ceramic heat bulb. we had a thing of grape vine going up to the heating lamp for a basking spot and another going up into the plastic leaves on the cool side. and a green reptile carpet as a substrate. she was eatting up to 15 crickets a day for a while, she started shedding about four days ago, been giving her warm baths to help out a little. i noticed she stopped eating the crickets 3 days ago, and she has never touched any veggies or fruit at all mabe a lick or two on a strawberry but thats it. i came inside yesterday to find her on her back under the warm side grape vine. i thought she was dying i flipped her over and she drank some water and took a little poo but it was kind of gritty. i took out all the grape vine so she cant fall anymore because she was dragging her rear feet while walking due to this impaction problem. i bought some baby food chicken and chicken broth been watering it down and feeding it to her through an eye dropper. her beard and tail are black witch i suppose is because of the discomfort, any other suggestions are welcome!

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    Given her current condition, a reptile vet is her best chance.

    An immediate correction you can make is to get rid of the ceramic heat emitter and replace it with a spot bulb, try 60w to start with (buy a higher wattage one as well in case 60w isn't enough).
    The problem with ceramic heat emitters is that in a glass terrarium, the heat just goes straight up and escapes. They should only be used in enclosures made of a better insulating material such as wood, but are not really suitable for basking reptiles such as beardies. It's likely with the cold weather coming on, the basking spot hasn't been getting to a suitable temperature to allow for digestion so anything she's eaten just sits in her belly and rots. The gritty poo is an indicator for this problem.
    The black bead and tail could be a sign of secondary infection and a vet should administer antibiotics to assist in this.

    You need to get the basking spot to 104 degrees F and put her under it so she can try to digest what's in her belly.

    You need to get her to the vet.

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    You also state you have had her for 6 months? You will need to get her a new uvb light as that one will be at the end of its usefullness Agree with BP about a vet visit as it could be more than just a slight impaction, given the lighting and heating options you have been using there may be more going on. Hope you get it sorted quickly and keep us posted please

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    These are the basking bulbs I use. http://www.bunnings.com.au/globe-ref...s-2pk_p7010017. Cheap as chips, get some twin packs for each of the different wattages (I use the 60, 75 and 100) and play around until you get the right temps. Also get rid of the vine altogether, beardies aren't arborial. A beardie would rather sit on a nice big rock (or fake rock) to bask, and I've included a small watt fluro at the cool end too just for the extra light to stimulate my boys appetite during the day. The only time I'll use a CHE is during winter to keep him warm as our winters are a bit nasty.

    I hope she's ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rendalyn View Post
    These are the basking bulbs I use. http://www.bunnings.com.au/globe-ref...s-2pk_p7010017. Cheap as chips, get some twin packs for each of the different wattages (I use the 60, 75 and 100) and play around until you get the right temps. Also get rid of the vine altogether, beardies aren't arborial. A beardie would rather sit on a nice big rock (or fake rock) to bask, and I've included a small watt fluro at the cool end too just for the extra light to stimulate my boys appetite during the day. The only time I'll use a CHE is during winter to keep him warm as our winters are a bit nasty.

    I hope she's ok.
    don't think they have Bunning's in El Paso Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by grubandk View Post
    don't think they have Bunning's in El Paso Texas
    they don't have Bunnings but the link shows the globes we use,giving Nugget's owner an idea what to look for,he will probably go to Walmart or similar
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    Hopefully dressed appropriatley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rendalyn View Post
    Also get rid of the vine altogether, beardies aren't arborial. A beardie would rather sit on a nice big rock (or fake rock) to bask,
    actually the vines aren't a bad thing,I twisted a couple together and my hypo sits on it sometimes he even sleeps there.Phantom on the vine.jpg
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    I find the vines are great for hatchies, more so when you twist a few together as Rick has done

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    actually the vines aren't a bad thing,I twisted a couple together and my hypo sits on it sometimes he even sleeps there.Phantom on the vine.jpg
    I was thinking more that if she has hurt herself that she may do so on it again.

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