Have Reptile Care Questions? Ask a Reptile Vet for Answers ASAP
What type of lizard do you have?
Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB light? Tube or Coil? Strength?
Temps and how measured?
I am so sorry, I did see a Bearded Dragon, but also had another request which did not mention what type of lizard. Please get rid of the Ground Walnut Shell as that may be a serious issue since it can cause an impaction as well as perforate the intestinal tract. The temps are very low, as they need to be much higher 110*F in the basking area to help aid in digestion. The Dragon should have a daily calcium supplement on prey or veggies. The UVB should be changed every 6 months as they do lose potency. I will give you some first aid to see if we can help your dragon. Please give the Dragon a nice 30 min soak in 50/50 warm water and Pedialyte. While in the soak, gently massage the abdomen. This will help with dehydration as well as help if there is a blockage from the walnut shell. If he is not eating you can mix some meat baby food with calcium and drop on the snout and allow him to lick it off. If he does not respond, then he may need a Herp Vet visit. I can lcoate one for you with a city and state. I will also give you my care sheet which has information on diet and husbandry. Please note the link about the Walnut shell. Joan
Bearded Dragon Care Sheet
1. 0-3 months- baby 2. 3-12 months-juvenile 3. 12-18 months- sub adult 4. 18 months + -adult
1. A UVB light source-best is 10.0 Reptisun that runs the length of your tank. Your dragon must have this light to metabolize calcium. If not he will get metabolic bone disease, a serious condition. You can also take your beardie outside to bask in the sun for 15 minutes each day if your temps are 80 degrees or above outside. You can purchase cages or reptariums from your pet store. Never leave a beardie outside unattended. 2. A basking type light that puts out heat and warmth above basking spot. Your beardie must have warmth to digest food & thrive.
Babies: Warm basking log: 105-125 degrees F Cool side: 85-90 Adults: Warm basking spot: 110-115 Cool side: 80-85 Measure temperatures with a digital probe type thermometer or a temp gun-these are most accurate. Stick on thermometers unreliable.
*Beardies over the age of one year old during the winter months will go into a Brumation like most Reptiles and Herps. It is a form of Hibernation that is governed by the weather and time of year. The lights should be on a shorter period at this time. Fresh greens should be available during this period. Do not feed live prey during Brumation.
Water: Mist your little one with the spray bottle 3-4 times a day. You can also offer a small dish of water in your enclosure but be sure your dragon is not too small to drown in it. It is recommended that when your beardie is 2 months old you can bathe your baby in a small plastic container with warm water- not hot. It will help them to stay hydrated. As they get older you can move up to the bathroom sink and then to the bathtub. Very important for bath enclosure to be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed prior to bath time. Clean between dragons too if bathing more than one.
If you have any further questions feel free to ask. I like to start people off with proper husbandry and then see if I can further assist. http://www.repticzone.com/articles/fruitsandvegetablesrated.html This is for fruits and Vegetables
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3 calci sand
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
compact UVB problems: http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor-info.htm