My bearded dragon lizard has a swollen eye, and seems to be losing weight. He is not eating or drinking.
Pet's Sex: Male
Pet's Age: 7
Can you tell me about the set up?
Heat source and temp?
UVB light? How old? Type coil or tube?
He is fed giant meal worms and crickets. He is in a terrarium with one florescent and two 50 watt "lizard" lights (that we get from the pet store). He has a large water bowl he is able to crawl into. He also has a heated rock.
We usually see the eye problems with a Vitamin Deficiency called Hypovitamintosis A. \You did not mention supplements or Veggies and they are very important for a Dragon. Over the age of 1 year the Dragon should be on a diet of 80% veggies and 20% live prey. They also need a daily calcium supplement and vitamins 2x's a week. The Veggies should be colard greens, mustard greens, escarole and curly endives. You can add Butternut squash for fiber and some berrries for a treat. The heat rock is very dangerous and should be removed immediately. They cause thermal burns and heat is actually sensed from above in a Dragon. I suggets a Herp Vet visit to have the eye checked out. In the mean time please use some plain saline eye drops without preservatives in the eye. I can lcoate a Herp Vet with a City and State. I will also give you a care sheet. 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
We got some Bearded Dragon dry formula, which includes an assortment of vitamin supplements. We will adjust the diet to an 80% dry formula and 20% live prey. We will eliminate the worms and go with just crickets. We will rinse the eye with a saline solution. Although he seems to like the heated rock, we'll get rid of it. Other than that, I guess there isn't much more we can do, correct?
He may not eat a Dry food, I would start the Veggie Diet asap. This offers the needed nutrition a Dragon needs. You can find various feeders at these links:
www.coastalsilkworms.com or www.mulberryfarms.com They have safe feeders like silk worms and phoenix worms which are very nutritious. Joan
I have been doing Reptile Rescues for 15+ Years