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  • #13308
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    Leslie
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    Cricket contest

    Here is a picture of my bearded dragon getting ready to eat. It eats insects like a pig, but only a little bit of his salads. I’ve had it for about 4 months. It was just a baby when I got it. It’s name is horny. Lol is it a male/female?
    I had to screenshot it because I messed up the original.

  • #13310
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    Leslie
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    It was a video. I thought videos were allowed. Once it wouldn’t load my video i just took a screenshot of it.

  • #13338
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    BM22
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    I know that males have two bulges at the base underneath the tails and females have one long horizontal bulge. But a person on here said you could use a flashlight to tell. Shine a light from above and look underneath them, supposedly you can see 2 testicles on the inside. Thats my understanding of it at aleast. Id look it up to confirm. You can learn anything online. lol See here: https://oddlycutepets.com/bearded-dragon-male-or-female/#:~:text=Femoral%20pores%20are%20seen%20as,your%20bearded%20dragon's%20hind%20legs.&text=Both%20male%20and%20female%20bearded,the%20underside%20of%20their%20legs.

    • #13361
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      Leslie
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      My sister did that and she said it’s a female. Lol I want her to be wrong so much. I like the name horny and don’t want to change it if it is a female. I’ll look later today, right now he is sleeping.
      Does anyone happen to know how to keep the little red ants out of the cage? I’ve tried double sided tape along the to top and bottom and the corners. I’ve tried Vaseline and I’ve even tried washing with vinegar and water.
      Thanks for the help

      • #13365
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        BM22
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        I’d keep the name that anyway. lol. And if you tried all that and still have them, id say that they are reproducing in your tank. Try taking everything out and cleaning it very well I’d use equal parts vinegar, baking soda and water because thats harmful to ants but not your beardie. Id let it soak for a while too so any that may survive the cleaning drown. Rinse about 100 times before replacing Horny. It looks like you have some sort of tile so thatll make it easier. And keep doing the tape and Vaseline. Id also do the tape on the outside of the tank in case the ants are climbing in and just jumping into the tank, bypassing the traps you set with the tape, etc inside. Ants also dont like walking through powder, so maybe line the edges of your tank with calcium powder (figure thats best since its good for your lizard anyway.) Hope it helps.

      • #13372
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        BM22
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        Also, if you got that stick from outside, theyre probably in it too. Soak everything in the tank in VERY hot water.

      • #13400
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        Leslie
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        The stick is from outside. I boiled it in plain water. I’ve also taken everything out of the tank and washed it with vinegar and water and baking soda like you suggested. I’ve even washed the stand the cage is on. So far so good. The weird thing is, when I had the crushed walnut shells in it I never had the ant problem. Then I bought horny a new bigger tank and changed the crushed walnut shells out for non adhesive shelf paper and the ants started. So I’ll see how this works.
        Thanks for the help

      • #13377
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        Zoodulcis
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        I agree with this, but if you are going to go to all of the trouble, I would use a 10% bleach solution. Put everything in the dishwasher that won’t melt and soak everything else in bleach. Spray the sides and inside corners with bleach. Not only will this take care of the ants, it will destroy any potential pathogens that might eventually become a problem. All items that have come into contact with bleach will have to be rinsed several times in tap water and allowed to air dry for 2 or more hours. Only then should Horny go back in. Once you have done all of that, you might try a thin line of Tanglefoot around the bottom of the tank. That way you not only protect the inside of the tank, you will be able to see if re-colonization is being attempted. With a powder repellent, a good idea under some circumstances, you won’t really know. Tanglefoot is available in the garden section of Home Depot.

      • #13388
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        BM22
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        Thank you for this input. I wasnt sure if bleach was ok to use or not. And ive never heard of tanglefoot, so thats good to keep in the memory bank. Is tanglefoot ok to go inside the tank? I dont know what it is so i dont know if itll harm reptiles or not.

      • #13401
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        Leslie
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        Thanks for the help. If I continue to have this problem I will try the water and bleach solution you suggested. Also, I’ve never heard of tanglefoot either. I am trying everything but both seems to work. The other thing is the ants aren’t getting into my cricket cage just in my lizard cage. You’d think they’d be in the cricket cage with all the food in there. I have to clean hornys cage at least twice a day to get rid of the ants.

      • #13428
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        Zoodulcis
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        Holy mackerel, that’s a lot of cleaning! If you do decide to use Tanglefoot, place a thin bead on newspapers around the outside of the tank only. This is not for use where it can come into contact with his little feet.

        The fact that they leave the crickets alone makes me think there is a colony under the tiles. Let us know if that is what you discover.

      • #13450
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        Leslie
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        Under what tiles? In Hornys cage is non adhesive shelf paper. There’s nothing underneath the shelf paper. I just replaced it earlier thinking that would work but it didn’t. So I moved horny to another part of the room and so far no ants for the past few hours. I’m starting to think my little nephews dropped candy on the floor and it somebody gotten underneath the wood or in the cracks but I’ve cleaned it with bleach. That dint even take care of the problem. Someone else said to put cornstarch in a small container and let the ants take bits of it back to the colony and it will kill them cause they can’t digest cornstarch. Is this true?

      • #13467
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        Zoodulcis
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        Sorry, the substrate looks a little like tiles from the photo. Not sure about the cornstarch thing but it seems unlikely.

      • #13479
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        Leslie
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        No problem. For a minute there I thought you meant the floor. Which I am seriously debating. Moving Horny to another part of the room dint work either. Worked for a day and that was it now the stinking ants again. I was thinking,why couldn’t I use those sticky fly traps and put on the stand where the tank is? It works for flies so why not ants? I could put them half under the tank and leave half out, sure it’s would be messy but at least Horny would be safe.

      • #13491
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        Zoodulcis
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        It’s worth a try and if it works, fly traps would be easier to dispose of than wiping of Tanglefoot. They should be replaced frequently (weekly) because depending on where you live and the ambient humidity, they can dry out pretty fast.

      • #13522
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        Leslie
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        It’s either the sticky fly traps or ultrasonic pest Repeller, but it says the pest repeller can not be used around reptiles. It even had good reviews on keeping ants and other bugs away. So last night I put black pepper around the outside of the cage and the stand. There has been about 15-20 ants since then,but not nearly as many as before. So far it seems to be working better than other things I tried.

      • #13541
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        Zoodulcis
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        I had not heard of the black pepper trick. Let us know if it continues to work!

      • #13578
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        Leslie
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        So far no ants. It’s been 2 days and the cage is pretty well ant free. The black pepper seems to work. All I did was put it around Hornys cage and now no ants. I still check in middle of the night though just to make sure. So if yur having an ant problem I would sprinkle ground black pepper around the cage and the stand. Be sure to sprinkle it all around the cage. I don’t know why but they must hate it. I’m going to reapply it like every week or so just to be safe.

    • #13526
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      Leslie
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      ABmoore did you happen to buy a spiraled uva/uvb bulb off of Amazon? If so, is it any good? Cause I just bought the same bulb. The person in the reviews had the same name that’s why I am asking.
      Thanks

      • #13662
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        ABMoore22
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        (User name is ABMoore22. It wont let me comment using that one. idk why) Ive tried replying to this a few times but. Yeah, i got that bulb. Its ok. Does seem to give off uva/uvb but no heat and its a big bulb with florescent light instead of warm light. Youll need an 8.5 inch lamp (still sticks out about 1/2 inch lol). I have a heat lamp next to it for added warmth.

      • #13782
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        Leslie
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        I just bought that bulb. Yeah it’s a big bulb, but it seems to work well. I had the smaller version of that bulb and it even was to big. I also have a 150 watt heat bulb next to it. Hornys cage gets to 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit. I used my neighbors bulb the other day when the heat bulb burned out and it got to almost 130 degrees in the cage. I didn’t know if that is to hot or not. 1 question how can we tell if a bulb is actually giving off uva/uvb rays? Are we supposed to just take their word for it?

        • This reply was modified 17 hours, 37 minutes ago by Avatar Leslie.
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        ABMoore22
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        I thought the correct hot spot for beardies were between 90-100f. And 80-90 for cool side. I have not owned one though, just like learning about different pets and their care. (Google is great for learning anything. lol) Ive actually thought that myself about the bulbs though. I always figured if my animals are more active and eating better, then I assume they are working. Other than that the color spectrum should tell ya. Here’s some links i found on it. Never tried it though. https://ourreptileforum.com/community/threads/how-to-test-uv-bulb.15034/#:~:text=Place%20a%20sheet%20of%20white,spectrum%20on%20the%20white%20paper.

        https://sciencing.com/test-uv-bulbs-7642339.html

      • #13786
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        ABMoore22
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        You should also test the tank temp from both ends.

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        ABMoore22
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        Leslie
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        Thanks for the links. I’ll give them a read when I get done. You seem like you are in here a lot and I wish you luck in the cricket contest. You said you don’t have a bearded dragon, I was about to ask what you have. I then saw yur post. You have a lot. I always liked geckos. I’ve had a Tokay Gecko for 13 years and it was mean but very cool especially when it ate fuzzy mice. He would get out his cage with the smallest crack left in the top. He would get out and run on the walls and ceiling and bark like a dog. I had to wear gloves to catch him cause he had a bad bite. One of the coolest lizards I’ve ever owned.

        Oh for the temps I have a stick on thermometer and a temperature gun. I hate that thing it never reads right. I do need another thermometer for the cool side. I actually never checked the cool side. I need to though.

      • #13792
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        Zoodulcis
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        About an earlier post. 130 degrees will kill a beardie pretty quickly. A temperature range that is read more or less within two degrees will help prevent disasters. I would encourage you to use your thermometer often, and just assume an average between readings. For instance, if three readings give you 82, 83, and 85 degrees and you believe nothing has changed, including the ambient temperature of the house, in between readings, then assume a temperature of 83.5 or so.

      • #13805
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        ABMoore22
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        Youre welcome. I have a little of everything. Plan on getting another Leo here soon and id love a beardie in the future. lol. But yeah, imo the most important things are correct temps and diet. If youre ever unsure about anything, i always look it up and read a few different sites. Or just ask on here. I dont even use the stick on kind thermometer. I use digital or probe. They seem to work the best for me. Tokay’s look so cool to me, I have one house gecko that watches for me to drop in food to sneak out past me. He like running across the ceiling and hiding when I get near. Had to make a ‘feeding door’ that he cant quickly but feeders can. lol. The rest have learned to move to the other side of the tank when I tap on it. But hes a trouble maker. But im sure they have a bearded dragon care guide on here if youre interested in any tips it may have.