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    Can brumation happen now?

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    Weve notice that all our dragons both beardies and water dragons are all sleeping and pretty much in one spot all day.. just laying or in their hide...
    temps are normal and lights off at night... would they be in brumation?

    Its summer here in Australia, Melbourne with temps vary as we have like four seasons in one day..

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    Hi there. I'm in Melbourne as well and Opie is starting to dig in I think the weather has confused her. Having said that she went down in Feb last year as well. It's still early so I will try to keep her up for a bit yet but they can be stubborn when they make up their mind.

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    Oh ok so if they have made up their mind.... how do you continue the brumation for them? I’ve never brumated our dragons and want to do it right...
    how long do we brumate them for? What happens with temps and feeding?

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    Since it is still "summer" continue as normal, offer food, maybe smaller portions than normal. But when winter approaches they will sleep more and eat less.
    When it comes to full brumation then it is no food at all, but keep a water bowl in case they get thirsty. Quite often during winter they will come out for a bask, just to confuse you. Then again some will not be seen for 3 or 4 months at a time.
    The first brumation is a worrying time for most because we have no idea what is going on or when it starts or stops, there is no definite timeline! If only it was May 1 to September 1 for instance, it would be so easy. I've had some down for 3 months and others for 5 months, in the beginning I used to poke them to see if they were still alive.
    If they are under 1YO you can try and keep them awake with higher temps but this doesn't always work because mother nature says go to sleep, so don't panic.
    If you don't already have a cave Autumn is the time to introduce 1
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    Ok we’ll keep heat as they are and feed as normal until end of April.. as we will brumating our snakes as well around that time..
    with the temps for brumation period is it cool hard as no heat 24/7 or heat during the day for how many hours? And what temp?

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    I do all lights off once nap time has kicked in. I have a spare thermo lying around so I run back up heat at night to maintain 5-7 for those frosty 4am cold snaps but it rarely kicks in. Most don't bother, but our house seems to have the crappiest insulation ever. I reckon it's colder in the house than outside lol.

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    So kept an eye out on my 3 bearded dragons for the past few days.. temps are slightly up.. to see if they wanted to come out and be more active..
    Gypsy our female has been sitting on the same branch for 2 days and only moved when I feed her in her feeding container then back to the same spot.
    Genesis our male has been in his hide for the past 4 days and not wanting to eat in the feeding container just stands in there.
    Mason our other male sleeps most times on the top of his enclosure cool end but saw him basking today.

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    Opie has dug in under her log and is not looking like she will budge. She turned her nose up at silkworms which she normally does backflips for. I have upped her heat so I will see how she goes

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    So far all my dragons are still out and eating. I know it changes for different people in different areas and the type of enclosure in different type of housing all makes it individual. You just have to watch and learn your dragons requirements and adapt your own routines. There is no hard and fast rule, you can't say okay it's March the first so turn off all lights. Some will go down before this and some will continue for another couple of months.
    I have 20 dragons so that means 20 different sleepy times and some will get up and down a few times
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    So far all my dragons are still out and eating. I know it changes for different people in different areas and the type of enclosure in different type of housing all makes it individual. You just have to watch and learn your dragons requirements and adapt your own routines. There is no hard and fast rule, you can't say okay it's March the first so turn off all lights. Some will go down before this and some will continue for another couple of months.
    I have 20 dragons so that means 20 different sleepy times and some will get up and down a few times
    20! I don't know how you do it Rick - I worry enough about 1. This will be Opie's 3rd brumation and she has gone down in Feb each year. She's lazy so maybe its her way of getting in some extra shuteye.

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