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RE: Is this normal??

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Posted by: PHLdyPayne at Fri Jul 8 17:59:26 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHLdyPayne ]  
   

I am assuming by 'lights off now' means its night time and he's sleeping. Dragons will sleep in the most oddest positions. Nothing to be worried about. I had mine sleep clinging to the screen door (side door, not top) throughout the night but come morning, was in her basking spot.

I wouldn't offer food at all near lights out...you don't want food to sit in his stomach, when its too cool for proper digesting. Feed no closer than 2 hours before lights out to ensure adequate digestion.

Basking temps should be 100-120F for babies, with several areas of the basking area to give different temps within that range so he can choose where he wants to bask. Of course you do want cooler areas, with cool end about 75-80F or there abouts during the day. It should drop below 75F at night, down to about 65F (though cooler drops to 60F is fine occasionally, especially in winter)

The tank you have now, will be fine for a couple months, but best to prepare a larger cage, to move him once he's 14" head to tail tip. I typically recommend a 30 or 35 gallon long tank for babies till they reach about 14" long...then a move to the adult cage of a minimum of 4'x2' of floor space and height ranging from 18" to 24". Bigger is of course, better, for adults.
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