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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:16 pm 
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Hi alll

Been a bit dormant on this forums recently however i am in need of a bit of advice.

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4 ft vivarium
Arcadia T3 UV (changed last 3 months ago)
Cold end mid 20s
Basking spot 36
weighs about 370grams

i've had my beardie for nearly 18months now however since the spring time he has been more and more lethargic last year he loved his veg but this year he hasn't been interested in the slightest he is only eating few days (6-7 small/medium locust) and most of the time he is chilling out under his log (on the hot side but under the basking spot) when he comes out to be held he seems very active and aware of his surroundings.

Due to a recent spat of hot weather his lamp has been dimming out quite early


i understand that he needs to be trying more veg and less insects or is this a sign of brumnating? he has also just finished a course of antibiotics nematode from a recent fecal test.

can anyone reassure me or assist me in what could be going on? do beardies bask less when they are getting older?

many thanks
Pete


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:51 am 
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Couple of things here - having just finished a course of antibiotics he may well be a little "off" food, it wouldn't hurt to give him some probiotics just to kick start his metabolism. Second, his basking temp. should really be nearer 39~42C - lifting it will also help his appetite. As for eating habits, I've noticed with ours that they do change from year to year but as an adult he should only get live food every second or third day. Weight isn't bad although another 50+gms wouldn't hurt. Does he seem to have a nice fat base to his tail? This is where they store fat when healthy.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:00 pm 
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Hi Rick

Thanks for getting back to me,

Will certainly give the probiotic a try like you said it cant hurt im going to get another fecal test done to check the parasite has gone.

Just measured around his tail and its just over 4 inches.

im not too worried about the live food just a bit worried that he is not going for veg either. and when i offer to hand feed a locust he just stares at it as if its not there. i would like him to gain a bit more weight.

any other recommendations?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:05 am 
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Other than lifting the temps a little there's nothing I can suggest. Fat storage sounds good so it's really a matter of trying different veg to see what may be accepted this year.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:05 pm 
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have ordered some probiotic so that should arrive tomorrow have raised the temps slightly just a bit worried that i dont think he has bothered to move much at all today from his cool end might be worrying over nothing and its just brumnation really not sure....


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:55 pm 
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You may need to consider another vet check if he doesn't start looking up soon.

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