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specie- bearded dragons x2

habitat size- 43cm wide, 60 com long, 40 cm tall (currently making them new cages each)

substrate- newsaper

humidity- NA

bask/ambient temps- 42 celcius

lighting: UVB coil

vet history- NA

all food offered- 2 superworms a day, medium crickets an hour after lights have been turned on and an hour before lights go off. roaches every now and then. They are also given cucumber, tomato, carrot shredded, celery and other greens every few days (which they never touch). We also have a bowl of bearded dragon pellets in the cage for them to graze on but unsure if they do (they like digging in the pellets)

 supplements and schedule- calcium dusted on crickets once a day once a week

last time ate- few weeks ago

when and how water is given-they drink out of a small water fountain and also get sprayed every few days

when last defecated- yesterday

captive bred or wild caught- captive bred

shed recently- NA

other animals living in same terrarium? - both live together

I received a beardie at christmas time, so she would be about 6 months old now, was healthy and eating well when i received her. My partner also got one a month after me but his one was sick, not eating and impacted when he got it, took some time and alot of effort but she started eating very well to. They share a cage at the moment as we are in the middle of making them their own ones.. For the last few weeks they have completely stopped eating and constantly digging, They stay in the cold part of the cage and losing weight aswell. I read it cant be brumation at their age but thought it was serious enough to check.

I very much appreciate the time and effor to help me. Thankyou.

I HIGHLY doubt this is brumation. These dragons are too young for that. It's more likely there is a husbandry defect. Please convert your figures to English standard and provide photos of the dragons.

For one, superworms are FAR too large a prey item for young dragons to consume twice per day, and this greatly predisposes them both to impaction.  


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