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    Is my beardie too skinny?

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    First time beardie parent here 😊 although I use to have leopard geckos some time ago. I've had Dr. Drake for almost a week now and he's eating well on woodies and fruit/vegetables. I dust the woodie's food with calcium powder and sprinkle it on his fruit and veg too. He's in a 900x450x450 reptile one terrarium atm but I just purchased a 1.8x900x900 glass front wooden enclosure for him. I have concerns about his weight and thought I'd get some advice from veteran beardie parents. Is he too skinny? Thanks in advance guys!
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    Hi there and welcome to the forums

    He doesn't look too bad to me from the pics, (someone else will weigh in if my eyesight is worse than I thought lol) what makes you concerned about his weight? Do you know how old he is and what he weighs and does he tend to be active?

    I have a female who is on the plump side usually as she is really lazy but when she comes out of brumation she can drop a bit from her crazy hormone overload

    Just to check - can you post some pics of your setup and tell us what you use for heat and UVB?

    Can you also elaborate on his diet - how often do you feed woodies and how many? (Dust the woodies rather than their food)
    What veg are you feeding and how often?
    What fruit are you feeding and how often? Fruit should be a treat and not a staple.

    There are some good resources on the forum - this one for care http://www.australianbeardies.net/fo...gon-Care-Sheet and this one for veg http://www.australianbeardies.net/fo...ion-Food-Guide

    Poop can tell you a lot as well - is it really runny, extra smelly or well formed with white urates?
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    Thanks for reply 😁

    He's between 2-3 years of age. Not sure how much he weighs. I'm concerned because he looks like a picture of a dragon that was underweight in an article I read. I might be being paranoid.. I give him about ten woodies every couple days and fresh fruit and or veg every day. I'll lay off the fruit a bit and start dusting the woodies instead of the food. Are reptile pellets any good? I attached pictures of his current setup (the one he came with)
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    Poop is firm with the white bit. He goes every couple of days

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    he looks a little thin but I wouldn't panic, some just don't eat as much as others.
    I can't see any ribs and his tail isn't too thin so these are good signs. Can you get a close up of his eye, this is always a good indicator of health.
    A tip for your new enclosure ,put both lights at the same end so he has a warm end and a cool end plus he gets UV while basking , speaking of basking does it say 10UV or 5UV anywhere on that box? you really need 10UV for a beardie
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    Hello again - sorry - I have suddenly become very busy Each beardie is different, some eat lots, some not so much as DL said in the above . This is what works for Opie: woodies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, silkworms when I have them - veg on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - nothing on Sunday. She will eat between 20-30 woodies at each feed. Maybe you could try increasing the number of woodies you are feeding. Have you had a chance to check the UVB you are using - incorrect or old UVB bulbs will have an impact on appetite and general well being.

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    Yeah they're 10UV. He's plenty active when out of the tank and eating well so I must be stressing for nothing. His new enclosure is huge! I'm gonna start a new thread about some mods I need to make. You reckon both lights on the same side? It's 1.8 long won't the cool end be too cool with no light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpacamybags View Post
    Yeah they're 10UV. He's plenty active when out of the tank and eating well so I must be stressing for nothing. His new enclosure is huge! I'm gonna start a new thread about some mods I need to make. You reckon both lights on the same side? It's 1.8 long won't the cool end be too cool with no light?
    If you are going to continue to use a coil UVB then yes, it needs to be next to his heat to ensure he gets enough exposure. You could always use a tube. Check out the lighting section there is heaps of info regarding lighting. I use the coil so I am not familiar with tubes and the best one to get.

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    Ok, thanks for the info. I'm leaning towards a 125W MVB on the hot end and a plain fluorescent for the cool end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpacamybags View Post
    Ok, thanks for the info. I'm leaning towards a 125W MVB on the hot end and a plain fluorescent for the cool end.
    this is what I use in my large enclosures (120x70x60), 125W MVB plus a 2' (60cm) standard flouro for extra light in the middle; I built these ones taller to accommodate the MVB because they need more height than normal heat lamps. My girls have 75W heat lamps plus 25W 10UVB spirals (120x60x60). These are all wooden enclosures with front opening glass doors so retain heat well
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