We have an eastern collared lizard and his left front foot the pad is swollen and the pinky claw is black and the claw

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Customer: we have an eastern collared lizard and his left front foot the pad is swollen and the pinky claw is black and the claw next to it where it joins his hand is black the rest is normal color he is still eating and very active seems like his normal self
Answered by Jav917 in 7 mins 12 years ago
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Can you tell me about the set up.




Can you post a picture on the foot? You can do this with the Tree icon in the too bar. Joan


he eats crickets we but at petsmart he prefers the small ones i'm sorry i think you mean what does he live in is if so its a 10 gallon aquarium that was purchased newwhen we got him he has a hammock a plant he can climb on also a cactus and a log to climb in and on


What type of bedding do you use?

Do you use any calcium of vitamins? Can you post the picture of the foot? Joan

its a mat that came with the glass cage no we don't give him any supplements do you have a web cam


I do not have a web cam and we cannot have personal contact. I suspect this may be an infection due to retained shed on the foot. It will need to be addressed by a Herp Vet. In the mean time you can clean it with some Betadine and then Neosporin. You need to start dusting crickets with calcium powder daily and use a UVB light should run 12-14 hours a day. The UVB is a tube type of reptile light that puts out artificial sunlight to help metabolize the calcium in the body. If you need a Herp Vet I would be happy to locate one with a state or country. Joan


we have the light one for daytime and another for nigthtime what is the calcium powder for


The light I am speaking about does not give heat. It supplies UVB reays to help metabolize calcium into the body which prevents metabolic bone diease. MBD can affect the bones, joints and organs leaving your collard lizard disabled or worse.


This is a UVB bulb:


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