Reptiles/Aged beardie


I have a Repti-glo florescent light and Sun-glo basking light for my beardie. The Repti-glo is 2 mths old and the basking light is a day old. Normally I turn the lights out at night but I have left the Repti-glo on the last few nights. And I figured since i have had her for 11 yrs I must be doing things right. What baby food do you suggest as I'd like to try it. I give her food coated in calcium every second feed.

Hello Joy,

The Reptiglo, is it an 8 or a 10?
If it is an 8, it is ok, but the 10, is not very good.  Can you get the Reptisun 10 tube bulb or the Arcadia D3 12% tube bulb up there instead?  The Reptiglo 10 tube bulb does not emit the proper UVB wavelength of UVB which is not conducive to D3 synthesis.  
Sure, 11 years is amazing, great job!  
The calcium supplementation sounds fine.  Maybe try some chicken or turkey baby food, along with squash baby food or sweet potato baby food.  
Maybe a new UVB will help her process the UVB better.  Does she seem to have any signs of metabolic bone disease?  Have you used any other types of UVB previously?
She must be from excellent stock!
Please send pictures when you can.

Let me know how she is doing.


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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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