Good! I’m sorry I didn’t get to you sooner. I’m the only admin and I’m about to graduate so things are a bit hectic for me.
If he’s just a few months old, you can expect a lot of energy out of him in them months to come. A nice playtime activity for him (especially if he’s doing those full-body sheds juveniles do) would be to fill a bathtub with maybe half an inch of warm water (or just up to his chest) and let him splash around. It’ll get some of the energy out and assist in an easy shed. :) Just keep him supervised like you would an infant.
Could be scratching up the side because his claws are really sharp? Because they are really sharp.
First, how old is your beardie? How much exercise do they generally get— do they get much time to roam outside of their enclosure? They might just have excess energy and the best way to get rid of it they can think of is to dance on the glass. It’s not likely that they’re trying to get your attention, though I’m sure they’d be happy for it. c: My girl goes through periods of extreme laziness/lethargy and overexcited dancing, too, and she’s 4 and a half. I’d suggest giving him some supervised exploration time and/or rearranged furniture in his enclosure. Stimulating furniture that allows them to climb and hide at their leisure is good.
Second, have you ever taken them to a vet? Many vets offer clipping services. If you want to handle your beardie often, I’d advise this. Just like with cats and dogs, good nail care goes a long way towards maintaining physical relationships between owners and reptiles. I wouldn’t say trimming is strictly necessary, but it’s a nice touch. I would NOT recommend trimming them yourself. It’s more struggle than it’s worth, trust me, and you’re more likely to cut the quick of their nail as well.
A vet could also offer you more professional advice than I can regarding diet.
However, on the topic of diet: I have a couple links in the Resources section regarding vegetables. Some variation or treats may entice him to eat again. Sometimes they just don’t want to eat. I’d say the lack of appetite might be brumation, but the energy would suggest otherwise. If you’ve noticed any tummy bulging or weight loss/change in stool I would take them to a vet and get checked for pinworms. It’s a very common parasite and easy to treat.
I hope all this helped! I know this was sent a while ago and I hope he’s calmed down a bit. c:
It’s not a weird question. Poop is important to know about. :) It depends, but most beardies (in my experience) poop daily or near-daily. It can be more or less frequently, depending on diet, health, and potty training. My girl has been trained to poop during a daily swim in an empty kitty litter pan full of warm water, which makes cleanup easy. I’ve heard of people training them to poop in specific spots within an enclosure, as well.
It should be noted that they are more likely to poop when anxious or overexcited— it might not even be a full poop, just some urate or watery discharge. It’s common for them to get nervous and then poop almost as a defense, especially in new places with unfamiliar people. Heck, my girl has even pooped after getting really excited about climbing on a new blanket I had on my bed. :T If you’re worried about them pooping on furniture, flooring or other people (yuck), try to only take them out after they’ve gone once. Otherwise, keep some paper towels on hand and quickly move them onto that surface when it looks like they’re about to make a bowel movement. Usually they freeze in the middle of it so once they’re on the surface they won’t run away. Just beware that they’ll probably try to drag their butt on the surface to wipe it off. (again, yuck, but necessary.)
I hope that wasn’t too much poop info! Good luck with your new companion.
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Pinworms are a very common parasite, and are usually easily treatable. Some warning signs are: loss of appetite, lethargy, depression or lack of interest in usual activities, weight loss (due to decreased diet), and diarrhea or other changes in stool. Dehydration may also occur, so keep an eye on the color of the urate (chalky white accompaniment to stool). The darker it is, the more dehydrated the animal is. If the urate looks dark yellow or red, call a vet immediately and encourage fluids.
However, sometimes few or none of the symptoms will be visible or obvious. The only real way to make sure is a fecal exam at a vet.
Prevention is the best treatment, though. Keeping the tank and your lizard clean (sanitizing and bathing, respectively) is best. Replacing substrate and furniture can help, and training your beardie to poop in a specific place will go a long ways towards keeping everything cleaner.
Good luck! Don’t worry too much. Pinworms are a really common parasite. Just keep an eye on him and he should be fine. :)