My daughter's juvenile, female Bahamian (Brown) Anole "Stripe" was just accidentally crushed (I did not witness the incident, but suspect that one of her friends opened the mesh cover to her terrarium, found that she was hiding just beneath it, and when Stripe tried to jump out, she slammed down the cover to keep her contained.) Her body from the hips down were crushed, and are now greyish and bruised-looking. She is moving about her terrarium and seems to be breathing normally (not gasping as I've seen her do when she is startled or afraid.) I gave her a good misting of water, but haven't seen her eat or drink yet. Can she survive? If not, should I put her out of her misery, and by what means?
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: <1
Name of Animal: Stripe
A good misting and providing dry, commercial anole food (though she's never eaten that) in case she can't catch the crickets that she's used to.
Is Stripe able to move and walk?
Is Stripe dragging the back legs?
Can you supply a State to locate a Herp Vet?
Yes, she can move and walk.
I would keep her confined in a smaller area. You can try some meat flavored baby food mixed with some calcium powder and drop on the snout and see if Stripe will lick it off her snout. Hopefully she will lick it off and it can supply some nutrition.
Make sure the UVB light is working properly, so it can help metabolize the calcium in the food.
A Herp Vet will be needed so they can see if the injury is life threatening or treatable. They may start with an anti inflammatory and pain meds to see if Stripe responds.
This is a link for Herp Vets in TN: http://www.anapsid.org/vets/tenn.html
I have seen Lizards recover from bad situations, but without a hands on exam it is hard to know the extent of the damage.
I have been doing Reptile Rescues for 15+ Years
Hi Rachael,I'm just following up on our conversation about Stripe. How is everything going?Joan
Well, we did what was best for Stripe. We found a vet who euthanized her on Wednesday. As you can imagine, it was an extremely difficult decision and process for my daughter, Lily Grace (and therefore for me!), but she was brave and learned a good lesson about NOT keeping an animal who is suffering just to avoid personal grief.
I am so sorry for the loss! I know it had to be hard on you and your daughter. I feel bad about the way the Herp Vets treated you, asa their compassion was lacking over the almighty dollar sign. I am however glad you did find someone who was willing to help. Most Vets I know fortunately have more compassion than what you had found.
Please know I wanted to help you in any way I could. A good site to visit is www.Rainbowbrige.com where you can light a virual candle and has some other options to help with grief for your daughter.
Should you decide on another Reptile for a pet, not to replace Stripe, but to honor Stipe, I would suggest a Leopard Gecko.
Please accept my condolences.