Hello and Welcome to Justanswer,
I am a Reptile Expert and happy to assist you, but I need to ask some questions.
Can you tell me about the set up?
Temps and how measured?
UVB light? Tube or coil? How old is the bulb and strength?
What type of basking light do you use and wattage?
high range reptile therm.
fluorescent bulb uba
You did not mention what type of substrate you are using?
Is the light you are using a red light bulb or a halogen basking bulb?
Do you feed any supplements?
im not useing substrate
i have halogen bulb
yes i use vegetable mix
What I suspect you are seeing is a Thermal burn from the Halogen bulb. If the the Dragon was too close basking bulb for any period of time this can happen. This will need to be addressed by a Herp Vet asap. They will most likely start an antibiotic and give a burn cream to apply to the area. The biggest problem with a burn is a chance for infection. The tank will need to be kept immaculate. If you need a Herp Vet I can try and locate one with a State.
In the mean time I would change to a regular zoo med basking bulb for heat during the day. I also would suggest changing to a tube type Reptisun 10.0 UVB because the coil types have been know to cause eye issues called Photo kerato conjunctivitis.The UVB does not give a lot of heat and should not irritate the area. Please do not use Red light bulbs at night or a heat rock as those can also cause a horrible thermal burn.
The diet you are feeding may need some improvement as we do not feed lettuce because the lack of nutritional value. A good diet consists of collard greens, mustard greens, dandeloin greens, butternut squash and some other misc. veggies. As far as prey silk worms, crickets, phoenix worms and dubia roaches are the live prey of choice for Dragons. A dragon under a year is fed 80% live prey and 20% Veggies and over a year we reverse the percentages. I suggest a good plain calcium supplement to work in conjunction with the UVB light 5 days a wek and a Vitamin supplement 2 days a week.
I am going to give you my care sheet to help with any husbandry issues you may have. 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
This will give you an idea about Sand as a substrate: http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction/?page=3
Walnut shell Graphic: http://mrskingsbioweb.com/beardeddragngrossanatomy.htm
sexing bearded Dragons: http://repticzone.com/articles/sexingbeardeddragons.html
I do want to add do not put Mineral Oil on the Dragon. The Silvadene cream that you had used is specifically used for burns.
should i rinse the burn cream before mineral oil
Do Not Use the Mineral Oil as this is a burn. Stay with the Silvadene Cream which is specially used for burns. Mineral oil is not good for burns and may cause more harm than good. I would not handle him too much as stress is not good. Just leave the Silvadene cream on for now and see the Herp Vet asap. Joan
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