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Old 07-04-2009, 01:58 PM
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Question Bearded dragon - eating enough?

I got my first beardy on Sunday and i'm not sure that he is eating enough.
i put 10 crickets in the viv yesterday morning, but when i checked on him early evening there still seemed to be 4 or 5 still in the tank. He has a basil plant in there that he seems to have the occasional munch on and we put a few leafy greens in and he had taken a few munches of this, but again, didn't seem to eat a lot. We took most of the crickets out last night, but there were a couple stuck in a log which we left in just in case he decided to eat more and this morning I put another 10 in. I put them in the fridge first to slow them down a bit in case he was just having trouble catching them, but he only had 1 before resuming basking. Having checked on him again recently, there still seems to be about 6 visible crickets in there. From what the reptile shop were telling us when we got him, he should be eating about 20 crickets a day and he doesn't seem to be eating anywhere near that. I know it's only been a few days but I'm just not sure if this is normal after getting one - could he just be a little stressed and getting used to being in a new home? Or do you think there may be something wrong with him? He's about 3-4 months old.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:02 PM
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as you only got him on sunday, he will probably be settlingin to his new surroundings so i wouldnt be worried one bit for a week or 2.

then once he is settled he shoudl start to pick up the eating, but trust me when they start they generally dont stop eating
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my friend had simalar problems hope all goes well
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Ok, that's good to know - thanks!
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:10 PM
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hes still probably settling in. At least hes basking and not all beardies eat 20 a day. And depending on the age, they shouldn't be given then daily . Don't worry all are different some take longer to settle than others
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:11 PM
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yeah, he's really into his basking! Thanks for the help, I can relax a little bit now!
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:03 PM
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i wouldn't advise leaving crix in... have you tried locust? may be bored of crix? mine wont touch crix but put 10 locust in there and within less than a minute they're gone
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:21 PM
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We haven't tried anything other than crickets and a bit leafy veg. The pet shop gave us the same ones that they had been feeding him. I'm popping back to the shop on Thursday so I will ask if there are any locusts that he could maybe try. Thanks
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Probably getting used to new surroundings..

If he/she only eats 5/10 then aim to give her that amount next time you feed her
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