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I recently puchased a beardie (not sure as to the sex yet) who's named Elvis.

Evils is around about the 3months mark and ive had him/her for just over a month now.

In the last few days however Elvis has been acting a little strange. There has been a decline in whats being eaten which is a little worrying due to the fact that he/she is only a juvie.

Every time I let him/her have a little run around outside the tank going to sleep is all it seems to want to do.

When in the tank its basking for most of the day then goes off and tries to bury itself to go to sleeps.

I did some checking and apparently hibernating is something that beardies do but not till they are usually about 12months, so im under the impression that my lil 3month old isnt doing that.

As for foods Elvis is being fed crickets and wax worms usually 3 times a day. Bowl is either filled with some greens or water and there is always a fresh pot of cress put in as this seems to be a fancy of his/hers.

I try to bathe Elvis at least once a week and spray him daily as well as the greens, his basking log and the fake plant thingy thats in there which Elvis likes to sometimes climb.

As for the set up I will try and get some pics up soon but heres some basics:

3ft Tank
Repti-Glow 10.0 UV
100W Bulb
Fake Plant
Heated Rock
Basking Log
Log Hide Away
Wood Chippings On Bottom Of Tank

The thermometer is situated in the middle of the tank. And reads a 85F, at the baskign area its a lot warmer(did check it when we first set it up and it was over 100F, but since then the thermo has been stuck on the tank)

Any help would be much appreciated. I dont wonna take Elvis to the vets unless necessary as im worried that they might do more harm than good, however if needs be I will most definately take him/her.

PLEASE HELP!
Ok first things first.. Wood chippings for a baby/juvie beardie is not good. The risk of impaction is greatly increased by having this as a substrate. I would take it out and put the beardie onto either newspaper, kitchen roll or lino for now.

Two other things that are a bit of an issue is the heated rock and the hide. I would take out the heated rock for sure.. Beardies feel heat from above and can burn themselves on things like that because they dont realise they are getting too hot. The hide beardies tend to get over possesive about them, really they dont need them just provide plenty of wood and rocks.

Wax worms should be fed as a treat once week at most. Make sure your basking temp is at least 105 but perferrabley higher at 110.

He/she could just be going into shed but the sleeping thing worrys me a bit it is another sign of impaction.

If you need to ask anything else please dont hesitate to pm me.

Liz
 

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If he is pooing that is a good sign.. Growth charts I have never really seen but, if you keep a record of his length and weight like every month that should help you see what he/she is doing.

I would bathe rather than spray as spraying ups the humidity in the viv and that can cause problems like RI's


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