A new keeper's guide to the Pogona Rankini / Henrylawsoni Dragon

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 Post subject: Not eating live and hiding during the day
PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:56 am 
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Hi Guys,
I see a few posts on this but thought it best to start my own.

I have a 19 week old Rankin who when we bought was very active eating greens and also live (locusts and mealworms)
Over the past week Puff has decided to spend more time sleeping under the wood in the basking area and gone off of food almost completely.
I'm worried' I'm new to reptile keeping so dont want the poor fella to be suffering by my lack of experience.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks
Adam


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 Post subject: Re: Not eating live and hiding during the day
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:34 am 
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Hi Adam,

Sorry for the delay in reply.

Let's start with a few husbandry questions:

1. What is the temperature in the basking spot?
2. What is the temperature at the cool end of the cage?
3. What substrate (bedding) is used?
4. Do you have a UVB light and if so, how far above the cage floor is it?
5. Do you have an incandescent heat bulb and if so what is the wattage of the bulb?
6. Do you have a shallow dish of fresh water in the enclosure and if not do you bathe the little man?

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 Post subject: Re: Not eating live and hiding during the day
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:36 am 
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The requirements for setup are explained quite well on the main site too

http://rankinsdragon.co.uk/housing.html

Hope this helps,
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Hi Mark thanks for responding, below are the answers
1. Between 32c to 35c
2 30c
3. Reptile carpet
4. No I use a Arcadia Mini D3 basking lamp at 80 watts only (covers question 5)
5. See above
6. Yes I do have a shallow bowl and I have bathe him also


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Uromastyx: Brian (M), Chloe (F), Kora (F), Kami (M), Melody (F), Murray (M), Omar (M)
Hi Adam,

I'm sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. I had a family emergency.

It's possible that his body clock is a little messed up and he is trying to brumate early but my first guess here would be parasites. Most juveniles have them and it is common for them to be transmitted via their food.

The fact that your bathing him is good because they need water more than they need food. The rest of your setup/husbandry sounds OK.

I would get a fecal sample to your local reptile vet for testing. The most common parasites would be pinworms and coccidia, both of which will give him a gut ache and because their digestion is stimulated by heat they will avoid the basking areas and hide out instead. Antibiotics (Sulfa drugs) and Panacur are the usual treatments. Sulfs drugs can kill the good bacteria in the gut as well as harmful bacteria, so give plenty of soaks and dust any food offered with pro-biotic powder (I also dissolve some in the bath water so that they drink it).

Hope this helps.

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