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Can you tell me what type of hatchlings you are speaking about?
I may have some further questions for you.
How long did you leave them in in the incubator after hatching?
Can you tell me how many are being housed together?
What type of substrate do you use?
What type of temperature do you have in the enclosure?
Do you have a UVB light?
What are you trying to feed?
We do see failure to thrive Dragons. There are a few possibilties. The first could be he may have been bitten or injured by another baby causing a Pneumothorax, which could have caused the Bloating. The next possibility may have been a Kidney or Liver defect which could have also caused the blown up appearance. A parasite load can cause bloating and the breathing issues before death. I tend to thik the Hatchling may have had a Pneumothorax, because the bloated appearance and the breathing issue. That can account for the rapid decline. Unfortunately without a Necropsy, it is impossible to give you a definate answer. I would not say an impaction would cause this, becuase there is nothing that would cause a blockage. I am sorry for the loss and I hope the rest of the Hatchling do well. I would get a Fecal in and have them run it through a lab, and not just inhouse. You want to make sure they also test for Adeno Virus, because that can wipe out your Dragon population. Joan
Yes! Than can be it. The clamping down on the body could have easily caused a Pneumothorax and other internal injuries. That would account for all the things you have descibed. Please do not forget to rate my service when you are ready. My goal is to give you Excellent Service. Joan