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parents of kiki 23-11-2012 08:54 PM

bearded dragon not eating
hya need a bit of help got temps ok in viv she has everything she needs ,started her on crickets she got bored with them switched to locust and wax worm she loved them for the first day now all she will eat is a bit of chicken baby food . she is all alert loves a fuss , she is about 16wks old what size should she be , ive done the bath thing for her she has passed poops but hasn,t eaten liveprey for a couple of days she is 8 inches from tail to head ive bought all the best food for her and she has fresh salad with calcium powder on it but the locust seem more interested than her she charges round the cage as if she is going for the food but when they go by her she ain,t interested she hasn,t got impaction and temps are good in tank HELP RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS XXXX also temps measuring 41 on basking log but 34 when put to side cool side 27 both therm stick things about six inches from floor any advice please

parents of kiki 23-11-2012 08:58 PM

also she keeps going black just turned uv off she,s sulking

vgorst 23-11-2012 09:02 PM


First, those thermometers you're using aren't very accurate (can be 10C+ wrong) so those temperatures are likely to be wrong - not your fault, shops just insist on selling them. Invest in some digital thermometers, can be picked up cheap from ebay, these will give a more accurate measure of your temperatures.

How long have you had her? She could still just be settling in and getting used to her new surroundings. It's completely normal and can be around 2 weeks before they settle. Keep trying with the veg and live food - when she's hungry she'll go for it.

Can you describe the rest of your setup in case something else might be affecting her? Things like UV light %, brand and age is helpful, as well as any other supplements.

Edit - they often turn black when they're cold, confused, nervous, annoyed etc. Nothing really to worry about. What do you do with your heating at night? And what is your heat source?

parents of kiki 24-11-2012 01:13 PM

i have 2 digi therms with probes one at the hot end basking area reads 41 warm end 34 cool end where uv bulb is 26 plus the main round thermo in the middle half way down that reads 25 she has two branches one under heat lamp and the other under uv + a big vine and greenery its a 3ft viv

parents of kiki 24-11-2012 01:16 PM

oh ive had her for 6 weeks now she hasn,t eaten properly from the start and she is about 8 inches from head to end of tail she has grown but not much she does poo and loves a hot bath

AuntyLizard 24-11-2012 02:01 PM

Is your uv attached to the top of the viv? I am trying to think of reasons why she would be off food.. I know a lot of beardies go off feeding this time of the year they just naturally detect the change in seasons... Do you feed her veg?


parents of kiki 24-11-2012 02:04 PM

yes its hangs from the top its one of those light bulb one not the strip i gave her a bath this morning and she pooped but ive tried her with a locust and a wax worm she wasn,t interested she is up on her vine now by her uv xxx

parents of kiki 24-11-2012 02:06 PM

she has fresh salad fruit available to her sometimes she will eat a tiny piece of pepper or lettuce but not enough i,m runnig out of ideas :lol2:

AuntyLizard 24-11-2012 02:14 PM

Ok.. if you can try lowering the uv so it is hanging just under half way down the viv.. I don't normally recommend mealworms but it might be worth a try.. Veg wise try a bit of rocket some grated butternut, pea shoots and watercress.


vgorst 24-11-2012 02:14 PM

She really needs a better UVB, coil bulbs aren't suitable especially for beardies. 12% T5 tubes are the best option. What percentage does she have at the moment?

Without proper UVB she won't be able to synthesise D3, that means any calcium you give her will do nothing - this is the main cause of MBD, and can also cause loss of appetite. Her trying to get as close as she can to the UV bulb is a sign that she's not getting enough, in getting too close she can seriously damage her eyes. I can pretty much guarantee that when you change to T5's you will see a huge change in her.

You can also up your temperatures a few degrees.

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