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    I just noticed you have a mesh vent in the front of the enclosure so ventilation shouldn't be such a big problem but keep on top of temps and humidity to be sure.
    I don't know if you have one yet, but you can get a hygrometer/thermometer for about $6 on ebay.
    She sure is a cute dragon , I love the colours. And don't panic if she doesn't use the hide, some do and some don't. My 10YO boy never goes in his! The others have different habits and might go in sometimes or all the time.
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    Just a little update. Today she has slowed down her eating drastically. She only had three crickets in the morning and four in the afternoon. Still no poop as well. I am starting to worry a bit.

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    you can try a warm bath, that usually gets them moving
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    you can try a warm bath, that usually gets them moving
    Thanks. For how long should the bath be. This morning she took 8 crickets. I am also busy going back to the solid top and will be mounting both lights underneath the solid top. The reason is that I realized yesterday afternoon that the basking light dome has melted the plastic at the back and that was dripping down the globe
    Luckily I caught it before it dripped into the enclosure.

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    10-15 minutes in warm water is usually enough. 8 crix isn't too bad, she might not eat the same amount every day just as long as she eats.
    You need to get ceramic fittings,do you have a tradie outlet nearby? otherwise a hardware store or at worst a petshop. If you can't find one there try ebay.
    Plastic is the devils tool and you need ceramic fittings to cope with the heat
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    10-15 minutes in warm water is usually enough. 8 crix isn't too bad, she might not eat the same amount every day just as long as she eats.
    You need to get ceramic fittings,do you have a tradie outlet nearby? otherwise a hardware store or at worst a petshop. If you can't find one there try ebay.
    Plastic is the devils tool and you need ceramic fittings to cope with the heat
    I have ceramic fittings on both lights. It was the plastic where the cable goes through on the top of the dome that melted and ran down the globe. I caught it just before it dropped into the enclosure.
    Anyways I changed the setup quickly and mounted the lights next to each other on the solid top. I also switched from the 100w to a 60w and the Temps are looking good now.

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    Update for today.

    Since changing the screen top to the solid top she has started moving around in the enclosure whereas she previously only laid on her basking spot the whole day. Today she was on her Basking spot when she woke up but 2 hours later she was on her log at the cool side. When out of the cage she is also more lively so I think my temperatures were a bit off.

    Unfortunately she hasn't pooped yet. I gave her a bath last night but I will try again this afternoon. I also gave her some prune baby food earlier. I also did not give her any crickets today. Hopefully she will go soon.

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    It sounds like you are getting closer to the ideal setup, it does take a bit of fiddling around to get it right especially if you are new to it. Once you get it right it only takes a bit of tweaking here and there to allow for different seasons. Enjoy your scaley new friend.
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    Sounds like you're doing well.
    Correct temps assist in digestion, and in the end, poop.

    A shallow warm bath always helps. When I was getting mine ready for brumation, I sat him in a bath of warm water, it could take him up to half hour, so I just left him in there, he would walk around a little, and eventually, business is done.

    This may be all you need

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    Yesterday afternoon we gave her some prune baby food with mashed apple and a few drops of oil and she had a few bites of that and another warm bath for 20 minutes. Still no poo!

    She does not seem sick and she is quite lively. We took her out of the enclosure yesterday afternoon and she walks around and climbed on my daughter's small furniture.

    Should I continue with the prunes or should I give crickets again?

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