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Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
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Experience:  35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
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I have a rankins dragon, Sits in water bowl all day, Seems

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I have a rankins dragon
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dragon?
Customer: Sits in water bowl all day
JA: Where does the dragon seem to hurt?
Customer: Seems fine ..just spends all day in water
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the dragon eating normally?
Customer: Yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is the dragon having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: Dont know
JA: How is the dragon behaving differently?
Customer: Sending all day in water
JA: What is the dragon's name and age?
Customer: How is your day ?
JA: I'm good. And you?
Customer: Do you think i should be worried about this behavior ?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dragon?
Customer: Shes housed with a male ..should i seperate them ?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Reptile
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.


My Name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 30+ years with special interest Reptiles and Reptile rescue.

Can you tell me about the set up?


UVB linear tube or compact coil, strength age and brand?

Basking bulb?

Diet prey/Veggie?


Have you checked the temps?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
40 gallon tank with sand subsrate...warm side 90' with 105' peak basking area that is a multilayer of grape vine ...cold side is aroind 75' and that is where the water dish is and is where she is spending most of her time ...shes housed with a male and doesnt spend that much time in the water she prego ?
Expert:  Joan replied 1 year ago.

Thank-you! You should remove the sand. It is deadly. It is ingested over time can cause a blockage. It is also an irritant of the skin and can cause eye issues. I suggest cage carpet, tile or paper. The next issue is that we never house two dragons together. A male will over breed a female. One breeding and she can lay eggs the whole season.

As far as if she is Gravid, a gravid female will act like she wants to escape and glass dance as well as will be digging. I will give you some information on preparing in case she is Gravid to prepare:

The laying in the water is usually several reasons. The Dragon needs to pass stool, is overheated or getting ready to shed. At this point in time I would take a watch and see if all is normal other than the staying in the water.