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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:08 am 
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Thanks Rick.
Shall I not offer any food at all ?
Once she's had a clear out, do I still reduce light and temps over 4-6 weeks with it being so late in the year ?

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:12 am 
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Thanks Rick,
Do I stop offering food completely?
Also once she's had a clear out do I still wait for 4 to 6 weeks reducing temperature and lights before I move to another location ?

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:45 am 
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Stop food totally, reduce temps a little then once she's had a clear out you can reduce temps and lights over around 2 weeks as it's late in the season and she's already sleeping more.

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:40 pm 
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Thanks Rick,
She hasn't moved in 3 days so don't know how long it'll be before she poo's, she normally goes every 2-3 weeks, shall I encourage her in any way? She seems pretty much in brumation as she barely opens her eyes.
Sorry for all the questions, it's all new to me and worried ill do something wrong and god forbid her not wake up !

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:15 pm 
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Warm bath helps - but if nothing happens don't worry just start cooling her down.

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:02 pm 
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Hello there, I haven't been on here for a long time as I have had a terrible time with the loss of my dad.

I am worried about merlin he is almost two years old and showing signs of brumation, he isn't moving much, eating much and is sleeping a lot under his shelter. I am reducing the heat as I do think he wants to just sleep but my concern is he didn't do a huge toilet before this so I'm worried he will get poorly if I let him do what he wants?
Any advice please?

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:59 pm 
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Discussed exactly that with my local vet who specialises in reps. He personally has never had a case of a dragon having any problems during brumation due to a non empty bowel, as he pointed out in nature they don't have anyone checking this for them - obviously it is better if the bowel is empty or near empty but it's not something to get frantic abaout.

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:14 pm 
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Hello Rick,
I couldn't log back into my account so administrator had to change my password for me but he always asked if it's abit cold for merlin to go into brumation. I live in the uk and the summer here is abit rubbish to be honest. I'm now sooooo worried that I'm going to kill merlin!!!!!

He has been asleep for about three weeks now. I'm so worried as it's his first time.
I want to wake him up....guessing it's not a good idea now?


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:09 am 
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No don't try waking him just let him sleep - how old is he now and any idea what he weighs? I've run across four dragons in the UK already that are going into brumation early I know but if the weather is bad they will sense it. I take it you've read through the first post here about what and why?

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:43 am 
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Hi rick, yes I've read through the post I'm just a huge worrier!
He is two now not sure of weight.
I'll let him carry on as he is, I suppose I've got to get use to it too.


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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:57 am 
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It's something we never really get used to - it's so unnatural to us!

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 Post subject: Re: Brumation
PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:42 pm 
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This is true although I'd love to have a nap for three months!! I could get use to it.lol


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