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 Post subject: Slowing down
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:48 am 
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Anzac is just 6 months old and for the last couple of weeks he has been eating less and he gets up for his crickets and then goes back under his hide till about 1 - 2 pm. Once he comes back out he is full of life charging around watching Toffee our Boxer ( who he loves and gets very excited when she is in the room)
Is he trying to go in to brumentaion? as I know he is to young to, should we be worried and what can we do??????

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 Post subject: Re: Slowing down
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:21 am 
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Sounds as if he's trying to brumate. Due to his age I'd suggest that you not lower temps etc. this year as he won't have the body weight to brumate properly and safely. All you can do is keep offering food and maintain temps and lighting "as is". He'll probably slow right up for 6 weeks or so but then should slowly pick up eating again. We had four 4 month old babies do this to us last season, very hard on the nerves but they came through OK. If he refuses live food completely you may have to "assist" feed for a short while but as long as he gets a few crix/roaches down every couple of days he'll be OK.

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 Post subject: Re: Slowing down
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:58 am 
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Rick wrote:Sounds as if he's trying to brumate. Due to his age I'd suggest that you not lower temps etc. this year as he won't have the body weight to brumate properly and safely. All you can do is keep offering food and maintain temps and lighting "as is". He'll probably slow right up for 6 weeks or so but then should slowly pick up eating again. We had four 4 month old babies do this to us last season, very hard on the nerves but they came through OK. If he refuses live food completely you may have to "assist" feed for a short while but as long as he gets a few crix/roaches down every couple of days he'll be OK.

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Thanks for that reassurance, he is still eating his crickets like he hasn't eaten for weeks, so that's not a problem, I was more worried about him getting enough UVB

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 Post subject: Re: Slowing down
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:42 pm 
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You could always remove his hide or block it up so he can hide behind rather then under it so he will still get some uv


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 Post subject: Re: Slowing down
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:43 pm 
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Lorraine wrote:You could always remove his hide or block it up so he can hide behind rather then under it so he will still get some uv

I have taken his hide out, he goes behind his rock now but that is right under his UVB so that is great, he will eat some butternut if you hand feed him. I think we have spoilt him as well lol

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