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Old 17-08-2009, 09:52 AM
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Mine does or has done for last 2 days ever since I put the dimmer thermo in. He didnt do it sine I got him over a week ago. The temp under the basking light is 105f and cool end 80f as before, so nothing has changed.

He doesnt do it all the time just sometimes. I know this is normal behaviour but when you read about it maybe being a breathing difficulty then I start to panic and maybe think its best to get him to a vet.

When I got him out last night and had him on our stair well, he did it once but then went in the corner and tried to sleep
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mine does it when he trying to regulate his body temp
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As above, it can be part of temperature regulation. Where in the cage is he doing it? If it's only at the warm end then it should be fine; if it's in the cool end then you might want to check your temperatures as it's possible that the whole cage has become too warm.
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Hi mate

He only does it in the warm end as far as I can tell, he did it near the middle but was facing the heat lamp, the temp in the viv are 105 hot end, 93 in middle and 80 at cool end(its only a 3ft long viv though)

I have the probe at the far end and have turned it down a wee bit as it was hitting over 110f under basking spot, I also noticed the humidity dial is hitting 50/60 is that right ? I spray the viv and him twice a day and have only 1 water dish in there.
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As far as I'm aware, I think bearded dragons are meant to live in very low humidity. I think around 15% to 30%, although correct me if I'm wrong?

Too high a humidity can cause respiratory infections in bearded dragons so I would perhaps spray the enclosure less often or remove the water bowl.

Mine sit there with their mouth open quite often to cool themselves down, so don't worry I think thats normal.

Hope thats helps!
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I would get that humidity down to be honest, try not spraying the viv, but take the BD out to spray him instead of in the viv and maybe a smaller water bowl in the cold end
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Only ever spray the dragon and only twice a week. You are raising the humidity far beyond acceptable levels for a Dragon.

What he is doing is gaping if its just at the hot end. If he is doing iot at the cool end too you need to listen for wheezing / whistling when he is breathing. If you have been spraying for some time he may have an RI already.

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