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    Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    My 4-5 month old bearded dragon Waffles' legs seem to be twitching. It was especially bad today although he is alert, mobile and eats regularly. I've read that this might be a sign of MBD. He's been given a calcium supplement (no D3) ever since I got him about 2 or 3 months ago and also UVB and UVA lighting, all from ExoTerra. He lives in a 30 gallon tank, it's 108-112 degrees in the basking spot and 80-85 in the cool end depending on the weather. He doesn't go to his basking spot though and often sits in the cool end. He gets crickets and mealworms every day and assorted veggies, stuff that I feed my iguana including kale, which he likes, and mango and papaya. He's been shedding nonstop since about 6-8 weeks ago so I know he's growing. When I got him he had a little kink in his tail and it has grown with him until now, it's possible he had some problems in the egg or before I brought him home.

    Do I need to take him to a vet or can this be remedied at home? I first noticed him twitching way back when he first came to live with me, one of his fingers were doing it. I didn't notice any more for a few weeks and then this week it seems to have come back or become more apparent. Please help!
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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    Are you using coil UVB bulbs or the tubes? How old are the lights?

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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    I'm using a bulb, only a couple months old. Got it when I took Waffles home!
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    0.0.1 Chinese firebelly newt (Puddles)
    0.0.2 Japanese firebelly newts (Jackflap and K'napples)
    0.0.2 red eared sliders (Sergei and Steven)
    1.0.0 ball python (Baby)
    1.0.0 bearded dragon (Waffles)


    Rest in peace Lola, K'nuckles and Preshuz. Always in my heart and never truly gone (:

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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    How often are you supplementing with calcium? How much kale, spinach, chard, and parsley are you feeding? What other veggies is Waffles eating?

    Are you taking waffles outside for some real sunshine?
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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    He gets supplements once a week, just a dusting on his mealies or veggies/fruits. I offer greens every day but he won't always take them, he eats them maybe every other day and even then it's one or two pieces about 3-4 inches long. He has never been outside since he's still a bit skittish and I don't want to risk losing him! I read up on MBD and I found that kale can prevent calcium from being absorbed into his body which is probably what the problem is. I won't feed him high oxalate foods anymore, is there anything else I can do to remedy this?
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    0.0.1 green iguana (Killer)
    0.0.1 Chinese firebelly newt (Puddles)
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    0.0.2 red eared sliders (Sergei and Steven)
    1.0.0 ball python (Baby)
    1.0.0 bearded dragon (Waffles)


    Rest in peace Lola, K'nuckles and Preshuz. Always in my heart and never truly gone (:

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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    If he is spending the majority of his time on the cool side then maybe it's too hot for him! How far is he from the UVB bulb?
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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    I, too, would think that if he is avoiding the hot side, it is too hot. Seems logical...? The leg twitching, I don't have a clue.
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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    Get rid of the mealworms, feed crickets or roaches with roaches being preferred, still give him greens daily. Also the size of the crickets or roaches being fed to him should be no bigger than the space between his eyes or there is a risk of him becoming impacted.

    Here is a good link as far as feeding bearded dragons, it has lots of good information. http://http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html

    The leg twitching could be due to him eating too big of food items. With a bearded dragon as young as yours make sure that when feeding him greens and veggies that you chop them up into small pieces.

    If you need dubia roaches I have plenty and can ship them to you cheaper than anyone selling them online.

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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockstar2011 View Post
    If you need dubia roaches I have plenty and can ship them to you cheaper than anyone selling them online.
    Good point on the size of feeder, definitely another thing to take care with. Thanks
    Unfortunately she lives in Malaysia, but thats so nice of you!
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    Re: Beardie Leg Twitching! Please Help!

    Thanks for the help everyone! Michele, he used to spend time basking until I moved him to his new tank a few days ago. The lamp is about a foot above his perch, it's the only height I can get it to right now due to the way his tank is set up. It has a wooden lid and I haven't got round to cutting holes in the top or making a new lid yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rockstar2011 View Post
    Get rid of the mealworms, feed crickets or roaches with roaches being preferred, still give him greens daily. Also the size of the crickets or roaches being fed to him should be no bigger than the space between his eyes or there is a risk of him becoming impacted.

    Here is a good link as far as feeding bearded dragons, it has lots of good information. http://http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html

    The leg twitching could be due to him eating too big of food items. With a bearded dragon as young as yours make sure that when feeding him greens and veggies that you chop them up into small pieces.

    If you need dubia roaches I have plenty and can ship them to you cheaper than anyone selling them online.
    Thank you so much for your offer! I wish I could accept but as Michele has already stated I'm in Malaysia. Are you saying that his feeder size might cause the leg twitching? How so? Most of his cricks are of an appropriate size but at times we do get a few larger ones. He's pooping daily so I don't think he's impacted, thankfully. I've been looking for roaches in my area but no luck so far. Are superworms okay? He's young but he's already about 14-15 inches long snout to tail.
    Anna (:

    My owners:
    0.0.1 green iguana (Killer)
    0.0.1 Chinese firebelly newt (Puddles)
    0.0.2 Japanese firebelly newts (Jackflap and K'napples)
    0.0.2 red eared sliders (Sergei and Steven)
    1.0.0 ball python (Baby)
    1.0.0 bearded dragon (Waffles)


    Rest in peace Lola, K'nuckles and Preshuz. Always in my heart and never truly gone (:

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