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 Baby uro benti questions

Just brought home a 2 year old uromastyx benti (not yet sexed).

basking temps reach ^120 during day ...
I keep UV on it and cool side of tank is about 90..
reaches about 80 at night.
I am using temporary bulbs until my powersunUV160 comes in the mail.
I live in NY and this winter has been harsh as well as my basement
having a draft, so I keep the heater on in the room to boost the
temps at times. Brought him home from another state (about a 2 hour ride)
He seemed stress and didn’t eat much first day.
He remained on the cooler side of the tank
(hasn’t neared the basking spot since he came home),
merely moving it’s body or eyes. It seemed as if it was brumating,
but it’s body was arched up as if it were tense instead of laying down
or hiding. He has not neared its basking spot since it brought it home.
Even slept right on the substrate.

Is this ok until he fully adjusts?,...
is he stressed? What can I do to ease it into eating?



02/10/14  08:40am

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Kahtreens
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  Message To: Kahtreens   In reference to Message Id: 2303568


 Baby uro benti questions

here is a picture taken yesterday... the food is on the cool side of the tank... where he places himself instead of basking



02/10/14  01:27pm

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  Message To: Kahtreens   In reference to Message Id: 2303572


 Baby uro benti questions

Hello,
Do you have a hiding spot in the hot end of the enclosure, preferably one right under the basking spot? Like a piece of tile over the top of a couple bricks?
Place him there yourself so he will associate that area as a warm retreat, and he doesn’t have to go far to bask. Sometimes if they hunker down in the cool area of the enclosure and the heat lamps don’t warm the cool end enough to get them active each day, they will just stay there and not do much. You don’t want to brumate a juvenile uro, especially one that has recently changed habitats.
Force him to get warm by placing him in the warm end or in the basking spot and see how he reacts to it. Monitor closely. He should spend most of his time in the warm end, retreating to the cool end occasionally, but returning to the warm end.



02/11/14  01:53pm

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Corpsb6
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  Message To: Kahtreens   In reference to Message Id: 2303568


 Baby uro benti questions

I live in Minnesota and have a walk out basement. I have several uros and most of them disappear into their hides for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months in the winter. When it warms up they are back out with no ill effects. I never lost one over the winter. The overnight temps drop into the upper 60s and my animals do fine. Regarding eating when they first come home. I have had several that don’t eat for a few days and in the winter some go for a few months when they stay in their hides. Another reader asked if you had a hide on the warm side of the cage. I would recommend adding one on the cool side. That is where mine are.



02/11/14  05:30pm


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