my lizard is losing his scales. could it be parasites? or what could it be. it not shedding
he was given to me about 6 months ago by a pet store because he was very sick and they had already lost two. he is a wild caught. when i got him i took him to a vet and they treated him for mouth rot and severe parasites. he seemed to be doing better until this past week. now he is loosing his scales in places. like you touch him and then look at your hand and it will be covered in scales. he still eats but not as much as he was a couple weeks ago. ive been feeding him crickets and worm dusted in calcium and vitamin dust and then also carrots, collard greens, kale, sweet potatoe, and celery leaves. as well as the carrot leaves.
right now he had no substrate because of his condition. the uvb is a uvb and heat bulb combined. it is a flood light looking bulb. it is only 2 months old. the basking part is around 100-105 and the rest of the cage is around 80-85. i do not know the brand or size of uvb bulb off the top of my head.
also his feces is normal. he goes about twice a day.
where he is losing his scales is white and seems to be tender for when you touch near there he flinches
no he doesnt have mites. that is what everyone was thinking but he doesnt. i can not find online anywhere anything that looks like what is going on with him, and the vet here wants $160 just to see him and i do not have that kind of money right now. also he is very lethargic
if you would like i can attach some pictures of him
in those areas he has no scales at all. when i hold him my hands are covered in tiny scales. and in one spot when the scales came off he actually ended up with an open wound.
will i be able to reply in the morning? i need to go home so i can take care of the rest of my animals
Yes, if you need to reply, in the morning will be fine. Thank you for the photos. I think you are dealing with a bacterial or fungal skin infection.First of all, don't use nay more mineral oil. you probably heard about it on an outdated website. It is an old remedy fro parasites. While it cna be helpful in very tiny amounts, for example when eye caps don't shed, if used on large areas it can even be fatal.
Because your lizard is lethargic, I would start with a first aid measure. Buy some Pedialyte (yes, the kind for human infants). Prepare a shallow bath consisting of 1/2 water and 1/2 Pedialyte. Soak your lizard for about 20 to 30 minutes twice a day the first day. Reptiles can absorb the electrolytes and fluids through their vents (where droppings pass out), so make the water deep enough to cover the vent. Be sure to supervise closely. Repeat once per day after that.
Next, prepare a dilute solution of Betadine in water. Betadine is sold in the first aid departments of discount stores and pharmacies. The solution should be the color of weak tea. Put it in a container so it is about shoulder deep, and place the iguana in it. Use a small container (a paper cup works well) to scoop up the solution and gently pour it over the parts of the lizard that aren't in the water. Don't get it in his eyes. After this first treatment, you can mix up the same solution and apply it only to the affected areas of his skin, using a cotton ball or swab. Do this after his Pedialyte soak. This measure should help if there is a bacterial infection or parasites you can't see.
If you don't see any improvement within a week, or if his general condition deteriorates before that, you'll need to find a way to see a vet. He may ahve a fungal infection or an underlying health condition causing the problem. $160 for an office call is exorbitant for almost any part fo the United States. I suggest you look for a different reptile vet. Find some in your area and call to ask about fees. Here are directories where you can find vets:
In most areas, an office visit should be under $60. Treatment, of course, will be additional.
If you have more questions, let me know in a REPLY. I hope the first aid measures will help.
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i have been soaking him in nupro a custom electrolyte formula mixed with water for 4 day. twice a day for 30 mins. i will go get the betadine tomorrow and try that. thank you. i am going to hold off on rating your services to be sure i do not come up with anymore questions. thank you
i used to be a wildlife rehaber in NC. so as long as someone points me in the right directions i know i can get him better. its just i only did mammals and turtles. and that partly why the pet store was willing to give him to me after they lost two of them. i don't think it helps any that he was wild caught as well. because when i got him no one not even the vet that i took him to then thought he would live this long. but im determined to not let him die.
crazy question though. could athletes foot on a person transfer to him? my boyfriend recently got athletes foot and after you said it could be a fungal skin infection it made me realize that him and the lizard got this around the same time. maybe just coincidence but just curious.
i took him to a vet they gave me meds. but he is doing a lot worse. i will be supprised if he makes it through the night. i am now having to give him sub q fluid and tube feed him and critical care carnivore and herbivore mix. he is on fortaz, panacur and metro compounded. i really hope i can get him to recover. i have put 6 months into saving him and i do not want to loose him now. he is defiantly a fighter though.
i hope so too. im trying my hardest. ive overdrawn my bank account just so i could get him the meds
he just died. the lady i took him to tonight said that the fortaz was causing his kidneys to shut down.
ok. thanks. ive gotten one. but i ignored it because it wasnt from anna it was from someone else
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