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 New Baby Moroccan Uromastyx not eating

Hi, my girlfriend and I purchased a baby Moroccan Uromastyx online from a reputable online reptile store. He is captive bred, but we are not sure quite how old he is. The first day we got him, he was extremely anxious and whizzed around the vivarium. He eventually settled down and walked around and explored for a while.

He eventually darted back into his hide, and has not emerged for going on 3 days now. The second day he poked his head out a few times for maybe a couple of minutes but would never leave the hide. Each day we have provided fresh greens for him, and they are visible from his hide. Today we haven’t even seen him poke his head out, you wouldn’t even know there was a reptile in the tank! He has not eaten a thing, and we are starting to get worried about him.

We do not want to disturb him in his hide and have just left him alone, but it’s starting to get concerning that we haven’t even seen him poke his head out.

1) How long have you owned the animal - 3 days

2) Dimensions of the enclosure you are using - 4.5x2x2

3) Species (if known), length, and weight of the animal - Moroccan Uromastyx, he’s about 4-5 inches, not sure on weight.

4) Listing of all animals kept in the enclosure referred to in the post - Just him

5) Basking spot temperature and how that temperature was measured - the hot end is 113f (digital thermometer), still waiting for our thermometer gun to arrive to measure the actual basking spot heat :(

6) Temperature throughout the rest of the enclosure - the cool end is 90f

7) Acknowledge whether you are using a UVB bulb and if so, the brand, age of bulb, and distance from the bulb to the uromastyx- Yes we are using an Arcadia T5 D3+ UVB Bulb, it is about 5 days old.

8) Diet items being fed and how often each item is fed - We have been offering him spring green mix, wth some grated butternut squash each day, but he hasn’t seem interested at all.

9) List of the supplements being used, how much is used, and how often the supplement is used - first day dusted with a tiny bit of calcium dust, second day didn’t dust and today haven’t dusted.

10) Type of substrate (cage bottom material). If this is sand, state whether it is calcium sand - natural sand by Zoo med, not calcium sand.

11) Describe your animal’s daily routine. When it exits the hide, when it retreats for the night, how long it is usually out throughout the day, is it active during this time, how much time does it spend sitting on the basking spot - It is constantly in the hide, it hasn’t basked once since we got him, we haven’t seen him now since the start of the second day we got him when he poked his head out of his hide every so often.

12) Describe your animal’s appetite - Non-existent

13) Describe any unusual behaviors you are seeing or any recent changes in behavior. Also note whether any recent modifications have been made to this animal’s environment. e.g new enclosure, move to another room, new heat bulb- Just not seeing him

14) Describe how often this animal is handled and the type of handling - handled once when first putting him into the enclosure.

15) State whether the animal has been to a vet, when that was, and whether the animal was diagnosed with a medical condition. Also state whether the uromastyx has ever had a fecal check. If so states when the fecal check was done, what was found, and if medication was prescribed - no vet visits.

11/07/15  04:41am


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  Message To: Lukep90   In reference to Message Id: 2315586

 New Baby Moroccan Uromastyx not eating

I wouldn’t get concerned yet about your Uromastyx. He is likely not adjusted to his new environment yet and probably feels more secure in his hide. It will likely take some time for him to adjust and he may not eat for a while. If healthy, that can go a while without eating.

11/07/15  11:37am


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  Message To: Corpsb6   In reference to Message Id: 2315589

 New Baby Moroccan Uromastyx not eating

Your ambient temperatures are far too hot! this is likely the reason the animal is hiding, warm end ambients should be in the region of 100-94 Fahrenheit, whilst cool end ambients from 83-88 farenheight. Basking surface temperatures should be anything from 125-140 Farenheight, it is best to provide a large basking area with a gradient of temperatures for them to bask at and big enough to heat their whole body at once. Other than that your husbandry seems fine, though some additions could be made to add some variety to the diet, including raddichio, endive, bok choy and escarole to name a few.

11/14/15  09:37am

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