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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by shewheeler, Mar 31, 2006.
Isn't there someone on here who has bearded dragons?
Can you post up if it's you?
I had them for a long time. Don't have any now though. Questions?
Thanks... did you have any for their entire lifespan?
I had a dragon for a several years, eventually gave him away when I moved. What's the ???
We started with them when they were just over an inch long. The head was half of the length. They were given away about 5 or so years later. An employee of the shop where we got them(an took them back to) said he had never seen them grow so large in a private home. He ended up keeping them for himself.
What is your actual question?
Well, it's not so much of a question as it is a concern. My guy is about 8.5 years old. Last fall he started having problems with his back legs. Like he can't get around so good anymore and since he's started to come out of his winter funk this year, the situation hasn't really improved.
The worst thing is that he has been falling over... like off of his stick or rock and can't flip himself back over, so I'll come home from work and find him on his back
He's been eating and drinking water, but these other problems make me wonder how much longer he'll last. I just don't want him to suffer...
You know, as soon as I opened this post I had a sneaking supicion that would be your question. I had the same problem with mine as well.
How long has it been since you changed his lights?? And do you use the high quality full spectrum lights? We ended up taking ours to the vet for the same problem, back legs were temporarily paralyzed and he was just dragging himself around. The vet said it was a vitamin defeciency (I think the "D" vit. is provided by the proper lights), you may want to just call a reptile shop and ask them about it, from what I understand it's a pretty common problem.
Our dragon was back to normal fairly quickly, less than a week I think.
Yes, I have always used quality lights and calcium + vitamin supplements since he was a baby. He didn't have any problems until this last year so that's what's making me think it's old age and not really the deficiency thing.
I should add that he can move his back legs, but it's more like a pushing/scootching thing rather than a walking thing -- if that makes any sense
We don't have any vets where I live that "do" reptiles and the people at the pet shop where I get my worms aren't much help either.
Hmmm, when I had my problems the vet new immediately what it was and it's the only thing I've ever heard of that causes that semi paralysis so I'm not sure what to tell you.
Maybe try www.reptileforums.com ??
Yah... I guess I could give it a shot. I have done a lot of reading about it and I'm sure they will tell me to take him to a vet. I guess I'll have to take a day off of work to take my grumpy old cripple to God knows where to get checked out.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Good luck with your little guy.
This is a pic of Julius from last summer... this was a good day
I work at a place that sells assorted lizards and creepy ass bugs. I can take this in tomorrow and see what they say. Want to pm me a number so I can give you a call when I find out? I get off work at 6:00 pac.
Awwww, reminds me of Puff.
Call the nearest zoo, and ask them who takes care of their lizards.
If you feed him king mealies make sure to cut off the heads.
The leg problem could also be digestive impaction depending on his substrate you've been using. Ours developed the same condition after 7 years. He made it for another 2 before passing away. I'd suggest taking him to a local herpatologist for advice if you can.
Cheryle, you should call the East Bay Vivarium, they sell all kinds of reptiles and specialize in lizards and snakes. http://eastbayvivarium.com/
Thanks all for your advice. I think most people are not going to be very forthcoming with advice over the phone and will probably recommend I take him to a vet anyways. I'll guess I'll try to find a reptile vet.
I went out tonite and bought him a new UV light (didn't know they "wear out") and some dragon yum yums to see if I can get him to eat a little something other than worms. Unfortunately, he's never been much of a veggie eater.
I have been feeding him only wax worms since he started having this problem because of the impaction concerns and he loves silk worms when I can find them. Not much ectoskeletal (sp?) material in either one of those type of squirmies.
Does anyone know what the average life span is? I had no idea he'd live as long as he has!
hes awesome looking. I would love to get a dragon, or an iguana (sp?)
Sorry Cheryle life span is at most 10 years, so he's about 85 in human years.
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