Q: Our baby beardie refuses to eat.

March 1, 2012 | By Loveourbeardies | 2 answers | Expired: 1426 days ago

We got a replacement beardie from petco after one of our babies died from a grand mal seizure. We we purchased it about a month ago the sales person said it was eating several crickets a day and veggies. However, it has eaten very little since we have had it. Won't touch veggies and we are lucky if we can get it to eat a cricket or 2 a week. It is slowly starving to death and we have done everything we know to do. Help! We don't want to lose this one too. We have all the proper heat, UVB lighting, etc. How can we help our baby?

Readers' Answers (2)

Mar 02, 2012

If you haven't taken him to a vet, do that immediately, one who specializes in exotics. Many times the animals you buy at pet stores and pet supply stores aren't in the greatest of health, though they may seem so when you buy them. Just as [et stores get their puppies from puppy mills, anytime you see an animal for sale at any store, they have come from a mill. Bearded Dragons are available through rescues and will be much healthier. But for the one you have now, only a vet can diagnose and treat him effectively. Terrariums are also extremely touchy, as are the animals they hold. If you haven't yet done extensive research into maintaining one, start studying. It really is an art to maintain those things properly.

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Mar 08, 2012

My first thought is that the temp may be to low for your beardie to digest properly. Think about their native habitat in Australia, it get HOT there. You still want a cooler area for them to be able to thermoregulate as they see fit. I would keep the basking area for them quite a bit warmer than I would for a snake or even an iguana. Most, not all, pet store employees really don't have a clue about scaled animals. The second most common problem that I see is parasites, internal or external, that will cause reptiles not to feel like eating. Unfortunately pet store reptiles usually come loaded with them. Try to find a vet that has a special interest in treating reptiles and not one that just says they will because they want to make a quick buck. You may pay more for the initial visit but it will ultimately be cheaper in the long run.

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