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    New Beardie Eating Habits

    Dexter is currently just under 9 weeks old, and I've had him for just under 3 weeks, so I presume he's still getting used to his new home.
    He has been very hot and cold on his feeding, sometimes its just 1 small cricket before he seems to become aware of his surroundings and stops feeding, other times he might take 4-5.

    When have you noticed your newly acquired beardies have found the appetite they're renowned for?

    As a side note, he has seemed to go into hiding a bit more than usual over the last week, and not actively basking. Possibility of trying to enter brumation?

    Current weight; 16g (2g up on the same time last week)
    Basking temp; 38deg
    Warm side temp; 30deg
    Cool side temp; 24-26deg

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    Photos for interest sake;
    Most regular hiding spot, will generally find him in this if I can't see him at first glance


    Dex as of a couple of days ago having a soak, this is not long after his first shed under my care

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    hey Dave , get a bigger branch and up the heat,try 40+ for the basking temp
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    hey Dave , get a bigger branch and up the heat,try 40+ for the basking temp
    Branch I can definitely accommodate, this one is the same width as him, but I'm currently on the lookout for a thicker one
    So I'm using a deep heat emitter, it's 50w but puts out the same amount of heat as a 100w ceramic. This is run on a dimmer, so hard to tell when it's running at capacity, so as the mid tank temp reaches 30, it'll obviously dim it down. I'm supposing the only way to up the heat on the bask is to add a secondary globe. I'm guessing I'll then run the risk of the cool side pushing past a safe temp.

    Does this pretty much boil down too, more wattage on the basking spot, more airflow needed to be installed? Basking spot is currently sitting at 39.2, I'll monitor this and see where it drops to as the day progresses

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    I think they use 65 watt bulbs for the basking spot. Use a selection of bulbs and see which is best.
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    39 is a warm end temp,you want higher for your basking spot! if your 50W only gets to 39C, try a 75W or maybe even a 100W. I use the Philips spot lamps in most of my enclosures, the larger ones have MVB's
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    39 is a warm end temp,you want higher for your basking spot! if your 50W only gets to 39C, try a 75W or maybe even a 100W. I use the Philips spot lamps in most of my enclosures, the larger ones have MVB's
    According to the care sheet on abdf:
    "Hatchling temps should range from 20-26 Deg C at the cool end to 26-30 Deg C at the hot end with a 30-40 Deg C basking spot.. Adult temps should range from 20-28 Deg C at the cool end to 28-35 Deg C at the hot end with a 35-45 Deg C basking spot.."

    I can see why there's always so much confusion

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    My research /personal experience shows that central beardies can tolerate a max of 45C and Pygmies a max of 42C
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    Bit of advice regarding possible brumation. Last few days dexter has been hiding and not coming out whether it be in his hide, or like today, searched high and low for him, to find he has dug under and was hiding under the tile in the cool end (I keep his water and greens bowl on this)

    I've since taken him out and placed under heat.

    Does this sound like an attempt to brumate?
    I've added in an extra light fitting on the same dimming thermostat, this is seeing basking temps of 35-42, depending what rock or branch fork he decides to bask on. Hoping this extra basking temp might snap him out of it if it is in fact brumation

    He's also starting to shed under his chin.





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    Hey Dave ,it's just nature.We try to force them to stay awake to make them bigger and stronger but sometimes it doesn't matter what you do some dragons will just go to sleep.I've got 1 now trying to hide away and snooze all the time and he's only about 3 months old.
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