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Posted by: fishbone7001 at Thu Jul 7 02:42:23 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fishbone7001 ]  
   

Ok, so i haven't posted anything on kingsnake in years, & I'm a snake guy. I admit it. So after doing some research the past month or so, (& much begging from my daughters, 1 in particular), I brought home my 1st little baby beardie today, about 5" to the tip of his tail. I know how to read all my snakes behavior, and the only lizards ive ever owned were tegus & monitors. But tonight, my new little beardie wants to sleep almost standing up against the glass, on his hind feet. We've taken him out twice, and he naps in our hands. After he goes back in, within a few minutes, he goes back to the same position somewhere.

To start, his set up (which is mostly things i already had):

-20g high tank, w screen top
-An exo-tera 15w, 10.0 uvb florescent bulb (brand new)
-A 75w incandescent spot heat bulb
-a large bit of driftwood that he can (& has) climb with a platform about 8-10" beneath the heat lamp
-some cheap cage carpeting for now(I've read the babies can get impacted if they accidentally eat sand?)

Both lights had been off for hours, no heat source, ambient cage temp was 77-78.
After he was in his new cage, i put a few phoenix worms and some shredded butternut squash lightly dusted w some exo-terra calcium D3 powder (no phosphorus), which he hasn't eaten.
is he trying to cool off, resting his belly on the cool glass? i know he is still adjusting to his new home, but it just looks weird & uncomfortable, & kinda reminds me of star gazing boas, which I'm sure it has nothing to do with.

So is this a weird behavior? Or am I just worried over nothing and should let it go a few days? Hes just so damn cute, lots of oranges & reds on his back and ears, and LOTS of bright citrusy greenish yellow spikes (is that the proper beardie term?) on his back.

I'm probably worried over nothing, i just haven't read much on normal young beardie behavior.

Thanks for any help

Dave


   

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