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Frustrated Beardie? [Jun. 12th, 2011|01:48 pm]
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 GOD. I am almost out of my mind! Damien's been so...argh! lately. Ordinarily she's calm and docile and falls asleep in your lap. Ever since I brought her to a PetCo Beardie Meet 'n' Greet (I was the only one with a dragon besides the owner...), she's been frantic. Glass dancing 24/7, running ALL over the house, taking craps at coincidental times (she believes the world is her diaper), and being more aggressive than usual.

She also only wants her bok choy and refuses worms 9 out of 10 tries, which is usual for her. I powder her greens with calcium and vitamin supplement occassionally so she won't starve, but it's odd behavior considering she's just so active all of the sudden. I thought maybe she was going to lay some eggs because the dragon she met at the store was male and she was really curious about him (I didn't let them have any physical contact), but she doesn't really feel any bigger, and I feel no lumps, aaaand she's not been digging. Just frantic to get out of her cage and charge all over the house.

Can anyone explain this behav--yeah, she's head bobbing frantically at her own reflection right now. >___> Ugh. Any ideas why she's suddenly acting nuts? She's about 1 year + 2 months, give or take. I wonder if it's because she's mature now? Because this is her 2nd summer and she wasn't half as active as when she was a juvenile. She was about 2 months old when we got her in March. It's just very out of character for a docile lizard like herself.
(It's been going on for the past 2 weeks)

[User Picture]From: wilowispz
2011-06-12 07:42 pm (UTC)
My male bearded dragon went through a stage like this earlier in the spring right after he came out of brumation. He glass danced 24/7, head bobbed at everything, charged at all of the cats (who he had not minded before) and generally acted restless. This went on for a few months and for these past few weeks he has stopped and only glass dances when he wants out. I decided to chalk his weird behavior up to hormones...maybe after seeing the male beardie, Damien got a hormone rush? Either that or meeting another beardie stressed her out.

My dragon just started to bob and charge at his own reflection too. Its quite funny, when I take the mirror away he always goes and looks for it again. I've had him for about 2 years now and he is 4 years old...it was a strange stage but I believe he is out of it now.

I would just keep an eye on her and the way she behaves towards her environment...the problem might be coming from something else, so just observe and take notes.
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[User Picture]From: migoto_03
2011-06-12 08:06 pm (UTC)
Makes sense. :) She sure does love that mirror...

When I take her out for about half an hour and set her back in her cage to warm up, she'll settle down for a couple hours, so hopefully some freedom is all she's craving. x3 I was just so worried that she could get egg bound...harhar.
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[User Picture]From: migoto_03
2011-06-21 10:12 pm (UTC)
Weirdest thing. I bathed Damien today and she's digging furiously and turning circles in the water. By now the water's lukewarm, still warm to the touch, but if it gets too cold she'll just lay there and stare at me until I take her out. Her belly hasn't gotten any bigger and I don't feel any lumps. Is it she's just going through the motions and doesn't plan on laying any eggs at all?
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