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    Mites

    Hi Everyone,

    We appear to have a case of mites on Mango who is about 6 months old.

    Best treatment options? I have googled this and it seems a warm bath and Bettadine are the go, but I donít believe everything I read on google!

    Has just shed, is eating and pooping well.


    Also, should we let Mango brumate being under 1 year old? Have been told not to - again, seeking advice or common sense approach.

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    Mites on a dragon ? that's pretty unusual. Do you have a snake nearby ? Can you get a pic of the "mites" ?
    A bath is 1 good step in removal but there is more involved in mite removal.A wipe down with oil will drown the mites but the enclosure must be treated as well and usually more than once because you have to kill the eggs as well to break the cycle.20200326_190609.jpgthis is a good product for killing mites in the enclosure with the reptile out.

    We try to not let juvies brumate the first winter so we can feed them up to be big and strong. If Mango looks a bit sleepy you can try upping the heat and keeping the same hours as summer. But there is no guarentee that you can keep them awake, some will just do what nature says and if he wants to sleep then just let him, make sure he has a good poop before hand and don't feed him again. If he sleeps then you can should turn off all heat and just wait anywhere from 2-5 months for him to re-emerge
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    Thanks DL - no snakes nearby only a marbled gecko in a different room. I’ll get a pic and post it - just having internet issues atm.

    We use coconut coir for substrate and these hols will be moving Mango into a 6” enclosure. In the process of cleaning that out and getting it set up. Hasn’t been used for a long time but was previously used by lizards and snakes.

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    So attached are a couple of pics of Mango plus an offending critter. Tiny, black, mobile and about the size of a pin head. 2AE1F7AB-B8A1-4EF8-8C9A-987160D82EEC.jpg
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    BD8B64AB-D921-4D64-9C2F-7707059D1379.jpg - do have a video of the critter but it won’t upload.
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    can't see what that critter is,pic is too small and can't zoom in. can you crop it and zoom from your end ?
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    I've had no issues with mites but can vouch for top of descent. I used it to clear an ant infestation in my enclosure. Took 2 treatments. Spray the 6 footer just in case before using too.
    Is there a reason you went with coir? I wonder if mites like it more than sand. I have no idea, just musing but might be worth looking at?
    I have seen that the Anapsid website had some pretty clear instructions for treating mites

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    Thanks Rendalyn - substrate was recommended by the place of purchase. Plan to look at something else - definitely mites (been to vet) so will deal with that, get enclosures sorted out and use newspaper while treating. Unfortunately, they said they see a lot of cases from lizards purchased where there are lots of other reptiles. I’m aware of the sand debate (vet was very anti) but presumably if you take a sensible approach eg: feed off sand/out of enclosure it’s not such as issue. We tend to hand feed Mango and remove any food he doesn’t eat straight away. Main issue is he likes to bury himself under the substrate - that’s hard to do on newspaper �� On a happy note, I correctly identified his sex - thanks Google images ��
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