How old is my Merauke?

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How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:39 pm

I think my Merauke is younger than I was told. Any ideas on how old he may be? He weighs 39g and 23 cm long. First photo was taken 2 weeks ago, others today.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby mb606587 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:38 pm

Very young. Possibly 1-2 months old
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Janella » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:03 pm

Awe look at that little baby. What a cutie. Yes agreed...young. 1-2 months. Please keep a close eye on your baby. Feed daily and be sure to follow the groups feeding chart. Don't forget to check for parasites too.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:29 pm

I thought he was quite young. I was told he was 6 months! he is definitely older than 1 month though because I have had him for 3 weeks already - that first photo was when I first got him. he eats so little but he seems healthy. he has been to the vet and been dewormed. Currently I am giving him herpaboost - he mostly refuses food other than some licks and a few little bites - hopefully his appetite will pick up. he burrows deep and sleeps all day, but when I bring him out he is very active
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby splashy07 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:53 am

Check your temps, babies that age are usually ravenous.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:39 am

temp is around 40 during the day on the warm side. he certainly isn't ravenous but he did eat today - first time I saw him willingly eat, he walked up to his food and took a few big mouthfuls
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby splashy07 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:38 am

That's a good sign, anyway.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Janella » Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:44 pm

Glad he ate a little bit. Keep offering a variety and hopefully it will start to come around.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:35 am

it is a bit stressful - how challenging it is with feeding. I have offered him all sorts of options. he refuses cat food and live food but will eat some small amounts of raw egg and mango and baby food and chicken gizzard - I know he isnt getting a balanced diet but just trying to get anything in him at this point. I am also giving him Herpaboost - which is a very slow process as he is not an eager eater. last week his weight went from 24g to 39g which really surprised me because all I thought he ate that week was a few licks of raw egg.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:25 pm

it does look like he is barely eating anything but he is gaining weight and pooing. but when I take his food dish out it looks the same as it did when I put it in. How much should a little guy like this gain in a week? I worry about him every day - it seems like he is not eating but he looks well. also he does not bask, he buries himself deep in the substrate, i have been taking him outside to walk around in the sun - how much sun time does he need in a day if he hides the whole time he is in his cage and does not go under his UVB light?
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby mb606587 » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:51 pm

How are you measuring your temperatures? Try raising the basking area closer to the heat source. A piece of plywood attached to blocks for example. This will ensure the cool side temperature isn't compromised. I keep my Meraukes basking areas at a minimum of 46 degrees Celsius. If you are handling frequently, start limiting this and keep him in his enclosure until he is eating regularly. The moving to new environments may be stimulating its stress response, especially at such a young age.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:18 pm

To measure the temp I have 2 digital ones in there - one on each side and I also have a needle one (exoterra) on the warm side. Perhaps these are not great quality. He has a flat rock under the UVB bulb and the temp is around 40. if I raise it so he is closer to the bulb, how close is safe? We do take him out briefly once or twice a day. I have been feeding him with a syringe Herpaboost, just dropping it on his lips/tongue and he slowly eats that and then we put him back, sometimes I do that on the terrace so he can walk around in the sun a bit. I just got a new UVB bulb yesterday from Australia - Exoterra - and this morning found him basking under that. I wondered if my first UVB bulb was a problem - it didn't even have a brand.
I have not had his temp past 40 because it seemed so hot and stuffy in his cage already. We live in Indonesia and it does not get that hot here so if he is a local skink I figured it was a bit hot for him to be above 40. but makes sense if I raise his basking spot closer to the bulb so he can bask under higher temp but it not change his whole cage.
He does not seem stressed, he does not resist being taken out, doesn't snap or bite or hiss - sometimes a bit of a huff when I dig him out when he is buried down deep in his substrate. thank you for the input, I will try raising his basking platform and also not take him out of his cage.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby splashy07 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:39 am

Digging him up would be stressful for a youngster, I would just leave him be until he gets older and is eating regularly. No need to take him out daily at this age.
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Re: How old is my Merauke?

Postby Jay » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:30 pm

since I put the new bulb in I often find him basking. I haven't taken him out for a few days but did today to give him some herpaboost because he is not eating. he was quite upset about that and actually was running away from me and snapping. never had that behaviour before so I guess he has been enjoying being left alone these last few days and does not want to be bothered - but if he isn't eating I should be giving him this herpaboost? I do have to take him out to do that. Hopefully, he settles soon and eats normal, I worry so much about him.

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