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 Post subject: Beardie baby 999 HELP!!!
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:42 pm 
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ÒK, our 4 day old baby beardie has suddenly taken a turn for the worst! He's our first baby so need your advice urgently.

A few hours ago my husband was putting a few crickets in for him when a spider fell out of the cricket tub. He put his hand in to try and retrieve it, when baby 'Achmed' ate it! We were surprised he managed it as compared to Achmed, it was quite big. Approx the size of his head, including it's legs.
About half hour ago, my husband finds him laying very still with his eyes closed, and couldn't rouse him. He is alive as he's still breathing but we need to know if this normally happens when babies eat a large meal or if we need to make funeral arrangments. :cry: :cry: When he's turned on his back he does wriggle, but still doesn't open his eyes.
Does anyone know? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:16 pm 
Whatever you are going to do, DO NOT turn any lizards upside down. You will just put the death forward as you can kill a lizard especially a poorly one straight away. :(

The answer is no. Beardies are very greedy and they don't know when to stop eating. They usually don't have such reaction even with a big meal. Depending on the size of the spider he has eaten, it can cause problems especially he is only 4 days old. If he is still alive, try to raise the set up temp up. You know babies should have hotter temp than fully grown adults, right? Try to raise a few degrees higher and hope to help him to digest the meal. Give him a warm bath and hope he can poo for you and pass the food out that way.

It's hard to tell without seeing exactly what's happened to the baby. Sorry.
(Please take all the food out of the viv at night, whatever left in the viv and also kill the newly hatched babies overnight. I am not just to make things worse. I have seen a lot of these newly hatched babies being eating alive but crickets / locusts, even there are salad left in the viv for them.)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:30 pm 
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Yes, we have been removing the crickets out. Achmed has slowly started making moves, 1st he was propping himself up on his front legs, then a short time later, he did a little run. :) Only 3 steps but it's progress, and he totally wore himself out. At least I have a little hope. I'll be so gutted if I lose him.
Thank you very much for your input, it's very appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:36 pm 
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Fright is over! :kp: :clap: :kp: He survived the night and seems perfectly alright now. It does appear that he simply had too big of a meal - takes after his mom, she's a gutsy girl too! He looked like he was dead, but he did have some shallow breaths. We're all so very happy!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:48 pm 
Glad hes ok, only got your PM this morning sorry :oops:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:42 pm 
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No prob, thanks though :thumb:

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