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    Brumation advice pygmy dragons

    Hi all
    As itll be my first winter and guessing my first brumation, are there any tips/ tricks, do's/ dont's i should know about, particularly for pygmies?
    ie, feeding, waking, pooing, water

    Thanx for any advice, seems a bit scary about some things ive read online

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    How old is your pygmy? If less than 12 moths old is best to do what you can to avoid it.
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    Its about 8 months old. what steps to take to avoid it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diocarn View Post
    Its about 8 months old. what steps to take to avoid it?
    as it's under a year old we like to keep them awake for the first winter so they grow up bigger and stronger.
    First thing to try is increase the heat,if it's in a glass enclosure this can be done by insulating the enclosure;ie wrapping foam or cardboard around 3 sides and partly closing in the top.
    If it's a wooden enclosure try a bigger heat lamp and/or block 1 vent.
    Be aware that no matter what we do SOME dragons will want to sleep!
    If your pygmy is a healthy size and you feel confident with it's health you can let it go to sleep.
    If it does this,turn off all heat and light but keep a water bowl in case he/she wakes up during winter which is possible as brumation is not hibernation (like bears etc.)reptiles move around and sometimes get up and go back to sleep.
    Do not offer food.Above all do not be afraid,this is what happens in nature.
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    so turn of all heat and light, no matter how cold it gets, like 7 degrees here in sydney today?

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    yes,if it wants to sleep then let it.
    all my pygmies and centrals have been turned off for a few weeks.
    It's not 7C inside your house
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    so no light, no food, no heat, for like 3 months?

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    yes,strange as it may seem they will survive.They do this in the desert where they come from.It gets so cold they don't get enough heat to move fast enough to catch prey even if there was any and even if they could catch something they couldn't digest it because they are not warm enough.
    I know it sounds strange , my first 2 years I would poke them to see if they were still alive because I was worried about their survival but now I know they will be alright so I don't panic anymore.
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    I tried keeping my Pygmy awake during its first brumation, sometimes they will sleep regardless of how hard u try and keep them awake.

    I'm in the lower blue mountains and my one has been asleep for the past month or so but has been awake the last couple of days which also has been the coldest days so far........... go figure.

    I have never ran heat of a night as I find even if its 1deg outside inside the house running heaters 2 keep us warm of an afternoon are enough 2 keep the house warm enough not 2 worry about heating his enclosure during the day / night

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    ive decided to keep him awake, coz he is only 8 months old. but for future reference, if it was asleep for say 3 weeks, then woke up, whats the plan?

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