Reptile

Have Reptile Veterinary Questions? Ask a Reptile Expert.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I’m wondering if my. Bearded dragon. I don’t know if she’s…

Customer Question
Hello I’m wondering if...

Hello I’m wondering if my

Veterinarian's Assistant: What sort of animal are we talking about?

Bearded dragon

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dragon?

I don’t know if she’s in brumation or if she’s sick

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dragon seem to hurt?

No where we have just had issues in the past with compaction and worms

Veterinarian's Assistant: There are all sorts of infestations the dragon can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dragon's name and age?

Cleo and she is 2

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Cleo?

She had worms in her stool a year ago and was impacted but we regulated her. Now she’s lost her appetite and doesn’t move a lot and hides and sleeps

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Reptile
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
1/16/2018
Reptile Expert: Joan, Veterinary Technician replied 4 months ago
Joan
Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 19,549
Experience: 35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.
Verified

Hello,

My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years and have worked with reptiles for 40 years.

How old is your Dragon?

Can you tell me about tank set up?

Substrate?

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

Basking light?

Diet Veggies/Prey?

Supplements?

Temps in basking area, ambient temp and cool side?

Joan

Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She is 2 years old. She’s in a 40 gallon and has a 150 watt heat lamp that is 100 degrees on the warm side. the cool side is around 80. She has a coil uvb lamp and it’s getting close to the 6month mark so it’s on the list to replace. We feed her collard greens although she doesn’t like those as much.. fruits, Dubia roaches. We sometimes sprinkle the food with calcium supplement but i admit we could be better with it. We feed her water with a dripper and she drinks from that
Reptile Expert: Joan, Veterinary Technician replied 4 months ago

Thank you! Brumation can last from a couple of weeks to several months, We see Dragons readying themselves by slowly discontinuing their eating and then find an area and go to sleep. During this time they will not eat, drink or pass stool or urates. We weigh them one a week and give them a soak and then back into the tank and allow them to sleep until they are ready to awaken.

During this time their metabolism is basically shut down to a minimum.

They can go into a torpor which is slowing down on food and not eat as much if not brumating.

If she is taking food and water she is not brumationg but slowed down for torpor and she may still go under.

I would watch her activity level, do not feed and see if she fully goes under into brumation. Get a weight on her and check once a week. Give her a warm soak once a week and if in brumation she will go right back down under, until she is ready to awaken.

Can you tell using this information is she s in torpor or in Brumation? I am standing by to continue.

Joan

Ask Your Own Reptile Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Joan Your Own Question
Joan
Joan
Joan, Veterinary Technician
Category: Reptile
Satisfied Customers: 19,549
19,549 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.

Joan is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Thank you so much. Great knowledge of reptiles! Will use JustAnswer again if further problems arise.

StephanieKY

I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there.

Alice H.Jacksonville, Fl.

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Anna

Anna

Reptile Expert, Biologist

3,794 satisfied customers

Have owned turtles, snakes, amphibians, and lizards. Study and provide habitat for wild herps.

Joan

Joan

Veterinary Technician

19,549 satisfied customers

35+ years experience as veterinary tech and 40+ years experience doing reptile rescues.

PitRottMommy

PitRottMommy

Veterinary Nurse

228 satisfied customers

15 years experience in veterinary medicine, special interest in reptiles and arachnids.

Dr. Dan

Dr. Dan

Reptile Veterinarian

57 satisfied customers

12 years private, wildlife and zoo experience with reptiles, PLEASE rate my service when satisfied.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

551 satisfied customers

2003 Graduate

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Veterinarian

343 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

194 satisfied customers

15 years of experience in emergency, surgery and medicine

< Previous | Next >

Related Reptile Questions
I've got a turtle that almost drowned today. He seems to be
I've got a turtle that almost drowned today. He seems to be doing better, but he's been throwing up. I'd like to just keep an eye on him overnight, but not sure if i should be concerned about the vomi… read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
19,549 satisfied customers
My bearded dragon Mushu is going blind in her eyes. I have
My bearded dragon Mushu is going blind in her eyes. I have taken her to two different vets and they couldn't find anything wrong. I took her to a vet that specializes in the eye health of pets. I had … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
I have a tokay gecko when i last looked in her tank there
I have a tokay gecko when i last looked in her tank there was what looked like poop but it was gray and larger than her normal poops? … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
19,549 satisfied customers
My leopard gecko hasn't been eating regularly for over a
Hello,My leopard gecko hasn't been eating regularly for over a month now, she has lost a lot of weight in her tail but seems to be very bloated. If I look at her belly I can see a large dark area insi… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
He is a black-necked garter. I had him twice to the vet in
He is a black-necked garter. I had him twice to the vet in January because he could not shed. While they had him they force fed him and treated him for parasites but also I treated him at home with th… read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
263 satisfied customers
It seems like he is having an eye infection. He hasn't been
It seems like he is having an eye infection. He hasn't been acting like normal, his eyes are both goupy and are closed shut until I can clean them. Even then he won't open them. … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
19,549 satisfied customers
She stopped eating a few days ago, maybe a week ago. Leopard
she stopped eating a few days ago, maybe a week ago. … read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
19,549 satisfied customers
New baby Ball Python added to my collection. I understand
New baby Ball Python added to my collection. I understand that snakes sometimes mess in their new substrate to make it their own. This time the snake had a very runny and smelly excrement, grayish tan… read more
Joan
Joan
Veterinary Technician
19,549 satisfied customers
Son has a gecko and his just isn't looking quite right. His
Son has a gecko and his butt just isn't looking quite right … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
I hit a tortoise with a lawnmower and shaved a 2 xshape, it
i hit a tortoise with a lawnmower and shaved a 2 x*****shape, it bled a little, I washed it and covered with a aloe ver gel from a plant in my house … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
My baby turtle has been basking a lot lately. She just has
she just has been sleeping on the basking rock where she looks dead … read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
Bachelor's Degree
3,794 satisfied customers
My red ear slider turtle, that I have had for 15 years, has
hello! My red ear slider turtle, that I have had for 15 years, has what looks to be a eye infection in both eyes? What shall I do? … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
263 satisfied customers
My red eared slider has its front right arm swollen. Red
My red eared slider has its front right arm swollen … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
I have a brea. I have a bearded dragon its not eating very
I have a bearded dragon its not eating very lethargic … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
I have two sliders both 20 years old. I notice they are in
Hi, I have two sliders both 20 years old. I notice they are in seperate tanks white spots on the shell. It goes away when wet. Comes back try. Never noticed in 20 years. There tanks are warm - cuttle … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
My Leopard gecko stopped eating 8 days ago. I weigh her
My Leopard gecko stopped eating 8 days ago. I weigh her every day since she's stopped eating, and she has lost 3 grams. She went from 66 grams to 63. I tried new crickets, superworms, and a hornworm, … read more
Dr. Leah Hill
Dr. Leah Hill
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary medicine
263 satisfied customers
My bearded dragon jumped off of our balcony on the second
hi my bearded dragon jumped off of our balcony on the second floor, right now it seems like one of the hind legs is injured … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
228 satisfied customers
How can I get vit A into my turtle. red eared slider. Prob.
How can I get vit A into my turtle. red eared slider. Prob. suffering from respiratory infection. OTC antibiotics available? … read more
Anna
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
Bachelor's Degree
3,794 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x