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Lars360
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I am going away for 1 week and only have on automatic timer either for his heating bulb or UVB.
People are coming to feed and water him but only once a day so they can not turn them on and off. I go soon so I don’t know what to do.

Is he better with no or lots of heat or UVB??
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(Original post by Lars360)
I am going away for 1 week and only have on automatic timer either for his heating bulb or UVB.
People are coming to feed and water him but only once a day so they can not turn them on and off. I go soon so I don’t know what to do.

Is he better with no or lots of heat or UVB??
I’m not an expert and I think you should probably drop a breeder or a vet a message to see what they say however the risk is that your bearded dragon might be susceptible to metabolic bone disease.

Here is an article that might help a bit!
https://reptile.guide/metabolic-bone...arded-dragons/
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I wouldnt keep a UVB bulb on 24/7 for 7 days straight on your bearded dragon. From my little experience with reptiles I imagine it'd be better to keep it off entirely and adding vitamin supplements if you have to choose, though neither is really ideal. Is there no way you can get someone to come over twice a day? Or depending on the size of the enclosure even possibly move it over to someone else's house temporarily?

Cant imagine anyone here is an expert though, you'll get a wider variety of ( and probably much better ) answers posting here - https://beardeddragonforum.com/

Edit- or a much simpler solution, is there a way you can get an automatic timer on the plug/outlet?
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My brother has bearded dragons. They are really easy to mess up if the temperature is wrong or they don't have the right amount of UVB. Hopefully there's a temperature gun. You should phone an exotic pet shop for advice.
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(Original post by Lars360)
I am going away for 1 week and only have on automatic timer either for his heating bulb or UVB.
People are coming to feed and water him but only once a day so they can not turn them on and off. I go soon so I don’t know what to do.

Is he better with no or lots of heat or UVB??
Bearded dragon care
Bearded dragons, or 'beardies', are one of the most popular lizards in captivity in the UK. As wild animals in captivity, it's important you keep them in a way that mimics the wild as much as possible.

What do bearded dragons eat?
They eat a diet of live invertebrates (insects) and vegetables. They need a wide variety of safe plants and vegetables, as well as the correct supplements.

How long do bearded dragons live?
Owning a bearded dragon, or 'beardy', is a big commitment as they have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, or even longer.

How big do bearded dragons get?
This robust looking lizard can grow up to around 45cm including their long tail.

Bearded dragons lifespan, size and vivarium temperature and humidity
Bearded dragon set up
Getting started with the right vivarium
A 120cm long x 60cm high x 60 cm wide vivarium is the minimum size required for one adult dragon.

Make sure it's secure, well-ventilated and made from solid material that's easy to clean.

There are a wide variety of furnishings for bearded dragons. If using sand, use reptile-safe sand and avoid 'calci-sand' as it's dangerous for reptiles if accidentally eaten.

Temperature and lighting
Bearded dragons need a vivarium that ranges from a hotter (38 to 42°C) bright end, to a cooler (22 to 26°C) shaded end.

You'll also need to provide a 10 to 12 per cent fluorescent UV tube at the hot end otherwise your beardy can get metabolic bone disease. It's also essential that humidity is kept low - use a hygrometer to measure this at the cool end.

It's important to add vivarium accessories, such as rocks and branches to climb on. Help your reptile feel secure with hiding areas too.


Health - bearded dragon shedding and brumation
Beardies shed their skin in large pieces. There's no rule as to how often it happens, but younger dragons do shed more than older dragons.

Shedding problems can usually be corrected by improvements to their environment. Seek advice from a reptile specialist vet if problems occur.

During cooler seasons, it's normal for bearded dragons to slow down, sleep more and eat less, like hibernation, but in lizards it's called brumation. They shouldn't lose weight or stop eating entirely, so keep a close eye on them and get in touch with your vet if they're losing weight.


Hope this helps you
I'm a vet nurse.
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