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Bearded dragon eating no veg

Discussion in 'Lizards' started by fieldy, Sep 27, 2018.


  1. fieldy

    fieldy PetForums Newbie

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    Hi we have just got a male bearded dragon who is 5 years old and was unwanted by current owner. He seems large and healthy, poos regularly, enjoys his locusts. However, I can't get him to eat any fruit or veg at all. His previous owner fed him almost completely on mealworms which she hid in his salad so he would eat a bit of that too.

    My question is, how do I get him to eat veg? And if he isnt, how often should I feed him live food (and how many?). Im worried hes not eating enough (I dust the locusts alternately with a multivitamin powder and a calci dust). Im tempted to get some mori worms and stick them in the salad but I would rather try and get him eating it without. Any advice welcome please.
    He's also not that active- just moves from the back to the front of the viv and doesnt often go on the basking shelf
     
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    ShibaPup PetForums VIP

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    Any pictures of the setup?
    What are the temperatures in his enclosure, basking temp? cool end temp? How are you measuring those temperatures?
    What brand and percentage UV tube are you using? How old is it?
     
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    fieldy PetForums Newbie

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    His viv is 33-35 at the warm end and about 26 usually at the cool end. I have digital thermometers in both ends. Not sure how old the UV tubes are- she told me they were recent. Basking light was changed about 2 weeks ago. Can't post a pic at the moment but will try to this evening
     
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    You need a basking spot around 38-40C
    How large is the enclosure? 4x2x2ft is recommended as minimum - bigger is always better.
    You might want to replace the UV tube if you aren't sure how old it is - over time the tubes degrade and stop outputting so much UV-B
    What veggies have you offered?
     
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    fieldy PetForums Newbie

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    Sorry was looking at temp now but it increases during the day. Usually by 11 it is 36-38. The enclosure is 4x2x2. I will look to replace the tubes.

    I've offered all of the following at different times:
    dandelions, sugar snaps, spring greens, carrot, romaine lettuce, rocket, blueberries, red pepper, strawberries, mango. He has not touched anything in the 3 weeks I've had him!
     
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