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Hey :-) Luna has been pretty lazy since mid November she's awake and hasn't lost wait but she hasn't been basking. She 2yrs old her temps are 103 on her basking spot and around 80 on the cool end I use a reptisun 10.0 which is 4months old she's happy to eat just not as much as normal and I give her a bath 2 times a week. She seems just as alert as she's always been but she just stays in her hide on the warm end at first I just figured it was brumation because she went down at around the same time as a lot of other dragons I know but there all waking up now and she still just sits in her hide looking around when I give her a bath she just chills and rests she's walking and jumping up the stairs but she's always just looking for a place to get comfy i feed her things like locusts roachs morios bitternut sqoash collard greens rocketi use nutrobal for dusting I've had her since she was 5weeks old and she still knows how to scare me to death lol  thank you so much for any advise you can give me and if there's any other info you need just let me know

Hi there,

It really sounds like you take wonderful care of Luna. Everything about her temps and lighting and food sounds spot on. My dragon Basil took longer to wake up this year. Just this week she seemed really interested in eating and basking. I was able to get her some time outside in the sun this week and that always seems to do the trick. They get better UV outside than they will ever get under an artificial bulb. Sometimes I hold her on my chest while I sit in the sun and read. Other times I put her in a deep laundry basket that is vented, in the sun for an hour or so. Always be sure they can't climb out and that it's not too hot outside.

I'm not familiar with Nutrobal. Does it contain calcium or only vitamins? If you aren't dusting with calcium/d3, I would begin a calcium supplement immediately. Generally the rule of thumb is 5 days a week with calcium and 2 days with a multi-vitamin supplement. A little extra calcium might perk her up.

In any case, if Luna is not losing weight and not exhibiting any signs of being ill, I would give her another couple weeks and a little outside time to help her wake up. You are doing a great job with her. If anything else comes up, feel free to get back in touch.

Have a great day and happy spring to you and Luna



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Jennifer C Parnell


I can answer questions about health, diet, behavior, housing requirements, common illnesses, and general husbandry of most reptiles. My answers are not a substitute for veterinary care. If I don't feel confident about answering your question, I can generally point you to someone who can answer it, or advise you to seek veterinary help.


My father is a licensed veterinarian for 40+ years. He specialties include venomous American snakes, reptiles, rodents, primates, dogs, cats, goats, geese. I grew up assisting him and have always maintained rescued, injured, or unwanted reptiles. I'm familiar with snakes, most common lizards, turtles, terrapins and tortoises. I'm also familiar with Bearded Dragons and currently have several.

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