Bearded dragon Basking habits:
An already warm dragon, probably won’t get up until much later to bask.
Because, well, there is no point is there.
The poor dragon has had no chance to thermoregulate over night due to the keeper insisting the “dragon is cold”. When in fact as low as 50f/10c would not be an issue what so ever.
Remember. It’s not a constant low temp as soon as the lights go out. It’s only probably at its lowest early hours of the morning. For a few hours. And it’s absolutely zero issues to the dragon.
A warm dragon overnight in turn can mess up the digestive system. Add to laziness. Even illness.
So here, a plug timer is a must. On/off at the same time every single day.
You can’t be having you heat and UV coming on at different times every day. This will not help matters.
Same time, everyday = far less issues.
With another basking session later afternoon early evening.
- Temperature to cool
- Correct UVB and mounted correctly
- Unnecessary overnight heat
It’s only the keepers that differ.
Your dragon acts the way it does because of what you provide in your husbandry. Simple as that really.
And a dragons basic evolutionary needs and actions will be present, only if the conditions provided in that setup and keepers husbandry allow such.
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