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

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 Post subject: New Rankin
PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:59 pm 
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Any advice welcome.Just bought a Rankin dragon complete with set up.Once we got home realised they hadn't included the heat bulb.Phoned the shop and they said we could pick it up 2moro and that Ralph our dragon would be ok just not to feed him.After getting the heat bulb,a couple of days ago he doesnt seem interested in food and hides under his bark all the time.looking for any helpfull advice....


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 Post subject: Re: New Rankin
PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:05 am 
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Blue Tongue Skinks: Teal (F), Cinnamon (?)
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Hi and welcome.

This sounds like residual stress. It's quite normal with a new animal and tends to last about 3 to 4 weeks. During this time it is common that they will hide and maybe not eat much.

Provided that you are providing the correct temperatures and UVB lights then the best way to deal with this is just to be patient and allow the animal time to adjust to its new surroundings. Lizards are quite territorial, so any time something in their environment changes it causes stress. Try not to move any of the cage furniture around and avoid trying to pick the animal up (I know it's tempting :))

Offer a shallow dish of water, changed every day, to bathe in and offer 3 or 4 pinhead crickets daily. Remove anything that is not eaten within 20 minutes. Lizards see certain colours vividly, so offer a small dish of turnip greens or some small frozen pas and carrots that have been warmed slightly in the microwave (not hot, just slightly warm to the touch). Peas bind to calcium, so add a small sprinkle of calcium powder to the peas once a week. It can take some experimenting but eventually the Dragon will find something he likes. They can go for quite a while without eating, espicially at this time of year when they usually brumate (a kind of semi-hibernation). The most important thing is to keep offering food daily and provide fresh water (water is more important than food).

Hope this helps.
Mark



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