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I am not sure that leaving his basking light on would cause that much of an issue for such a short period of time. The basking temp can be up to 105 and is typically elevated and off to the side, so that the temp in the remainder of the terrarium is typically in the 90's. What do you feed him? Does he have a hide spot in the cage? Have his stools been completely normal? Has he ever been to a veterinarian or had a fecal exam? do you use a calcium supplement?
So there are several husbandry issues. Crickets are not an optimal choice for bearded dragons, they do better with Phoenix worms (order online) or calciworms. You need to add a calcium supplement to their food so that they don't develop bone issues (metabolic bone disease). His diet should also consist of 20-30 % vegetables. His constipation issues are likely due to nutritional deficits. Reptiles can get septic (overwhelming bacterial infections) and get very sick, which is what you are describing. He needs to be seen by a veterinarian in your area who routinely does reptiles. They can rehydrate him and do a blood culture to find out what type of infection and how best to treat. I you tell me where you are located I can look up some names for you.
/the soaks may help. He really is likely going to need intraosseus fluids from what you are describing. they will also likely run some bloodwork and get X-rays to look at bone density. What state is Palm Desert
what is a large city near you
okay great. be right back.
Okay. It is good that you have someone. There is not much else that you can do tonight unfortunately. If you don't mind, let me know what you find out. Take care.