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Author:  Rick [ Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

At htis point I'd say it was OK to settle him down. Ours also lost weight a little during the cooling down but once asleep only lost a few grams until waking again.


Author:  Diego [ Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

This brumation thing is worrying me!!
Diego is settled into his shoe box (with a hole cut out) in another box and he's in the small room. He's been there for about 5 days. So far, he hasn't moved, so I presume he's been asleep.
Last night it was really cold - it went down to freezing. Now I turned the radiator off if diego's room as I read that it was supposed to be quite cold. I don't have the exact temp (I've ordered a digital one), but the house temp didn't go lower than 18 degrees.
When I realised it was so cold out, I turned the radiator to low and moved diego's box next to it. I didn't want him to be so cold and I'm worried that he might die or get ill.
When I moved him, I looked inside his little box and he had his eyes open. He was very cold to the touch. I imagined he would be cold, but I don't know if it's ok or not??
Has any one had any experience of this? Please help if you can. Thank you very much.

PS Now the radiator is on low, the house temp isn't hotter than 21.5 degrees. It is cooler in Diego's room as the temp is on low.

Author:  Rick [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

We put ours in a walk-in wardrobe with a constant temp of approx. 16C and no lighting. Moving him near to a warm source probably disturbed him so I'd suggest trying to keep the peeking to a minimum. If however he is still awake every time you look then you may need to warm him up again slowly and forget brumation.


Author:  littlepeshi [ Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

I have just been reading about brumation and it just confuses the hell out of me, i've had Keith for a year now (he is 4years old) and last year he didnt seem to slow down and maybe it was because he was in a new place and getting used to his surroundings, plus we bought him a much larger viv. I dont have any contact with his previous owner so cant ask him. Anyway as Keith is a boy he is extremly lazy and sometimes he wont move for about 2-3 days & i get worried and move him sometimes (not always), but then again he always gets lazy in the middle of the viv, not at the cool end or the warm end. He does however always move for his live food and loves his locusts, and if i treat him to a mario worm then, he gets all excited and makes a dash for it as soon as i put it n the viv. However over the last week or so he has been even more lazy and sleeping alot, but when you walk into the rooms he always opens his eyes and looks at you. so i am not sure if he is slowing down or not, he is due a feed today and will see if he eats his usual amount. Also i've noticed that when i stroke him lately he sometimes gets up and moves away from me, i'm not sure if it is because since being pregnant I have not picked him up as much as i used to and its like he is giving me the cold shoulder. Any answers anyone???? He is due a 6 monthly check up next month at the vets so could always ask him.

Author:  Rick [ Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Brumation can be confusing! Some dragons keep on racing around all year others will just slow down and others will try and dig a hole in the coldest part of the viv, curl up and sleep! Talk to your vet when he has his check up, but if this continues it's almost certainly brumation.


Author:  Tom C [ Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

HI Rick,
Slash has been tucked up sound a sleep for about 5 week and all looks good check him once a week and change the water just in case.
So its time to start getting ready for him waking up is there any thing I should be thinking about in preperation of him waking in a couple of month.
I'm sure there is nothing I need to know as would have been mention in previous post (unless I missed the post)

Author:  Rick [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Nothing special to do, just watch for him starting to move and when he does slowly increase heat and light but don't expect his appetite to fire up straight away.


Author:  Tom C [ Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Cheers Rick

Author:  evolution girl [ Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Is this hibernation? I'm confused. Had my beardie for fours years and he's never hibernated. Should he? As I ve never heard of this....

Author:  Rick [ Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

It's similar to hibernation but in dragons the correct word is brumation. Some dragons do others don't, two of ours have just woken after a three month sleep the other couple have been racing around all winter.


Author:  Kathryn [ Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Felix is nearly 4 and has never shown any signs of brumation either :?

Author:  deakin1980 [ Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Hey Guys,

I know I have already got a post open with regards to my beardie been male of female. Looking at this post I am starting to get concerned that my beardie may be older that I was initially told..

As some of you may have seen from my post, my beardie keeps digging a lot :) ... but over the last few days, he has gone off is food and not eating as much as usually. From the pics I provided he has now decided to stay under a log and not really come out much except to look at me now and again... This is an ace post and just wondering if my beardie is going into brumation, (bearing in mind I was told he was only 12 weeks old when I had him making him near on 8 months old) sorry to keep pestering :) but want to make sure I am doing everything right with this been my first year and all :)


Author:  Rick [ Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

It is a possibility even at 8 months - I'd still be thinking of intestinal parasites and bad weather first. Try and get a fecal float done and then a general health check with a specialist vet if s/he hasn't brightened up in 2~3 more days. If that's all clear then it's probably brumation.


Author:  SpikeandLizzy [ Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Ok, both my beardies have been sleeping at the cool end all day and night for about 2 weeks now , both have gone off their food , only eating about 6 roaches each every few days, most of the time i have just been throwing 6 in their viv and leaving them to it , as they have paid no interest.I shall explain the past 2 weeks for each dragon

Lizzy,who is normally very lively and can be found either digging, glass dancing or running around her viv eating like a pig has just slept in the cool end, i have seen her mayby twice come and bask and once eaten some greens, i assume she has eaten the live food i have put in as i cannot find them so over these 2 weeks that would eb about 15?as i have waited for her to show signs of interest , which is normally digging all around her viv

Spike has been very much the same although he has always been lazy , he has spent alot of time in the cool end sleeping , basking only 2-3 times , but has munched 2-3 roaches every couple of days , not had any greens, all they want to do is sleep

Author:  Kezsha [ Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Brumation

Looks like Daisy is going into brumation. She's lost interest in food and has been sleeping all the time in the cool end for a week or two now, she wouldn't move if I didn't get her out. I'm getting ready to settle her down but want to ask a couple of questions.

Do I continue to feed for the 4-6 weeks of reducing the temperature ?
Can I leave her in the viv if I cover it over or does she need to be 'packed' away ?

Thanks in advance and thank you Rick for the sticky - as I'd already read it, I recognised the signs, didn't have to worry and have an idea of what to do !

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