Bearded dragon orange poo!!! Please help! its urgent!
Hi my name is James and I have a bearded dragon and he is 6 years old now. He is usually quite sluggish and not very active but today I looked in his vivarium and I saw about 10 marble- sized pieces of orange and hard material. I think it is faeces but I'm not sure. In the last week my beardie has lost some of his appetite. In the last 2 months he has been digging in his vivarium from early in the morning even when there is no wood chippings left for him to dig at. He just constantly scratches (pretending to dig) in his vivarium.
This morning I noticed the faeces (?) and he is more lively, he has lost a lot of weight and he didn't scratch this morning. I have seeked help from reptile experts and vets but they are unable to help.
I have noticed that his breathing is very heavy and his ribs are visible after long, hard struggling breaths.
I have fed my beardie good quality, fresh locusts for all of his life. I would occasionally give him peppers but I haven't in the past few weeks.
He has a medium sized vivarium and 2 lights; 1 for heat and 1 UV lamp.
Also if it helps there has been a smell in my room from my lizard which has only occurred in the last month.
A diagnosis or any help, however small would be greatly appreciated.
I'm sorry if this photo does not load because I am not very good with computers.
He is a she and she has just dropped infertile eggs for you. Hence all the digging, she was looking for a lay site.
Bin the eggs and give her a new name, a good feed and lots of calcium. A bath will help rehydrate her
Now that she has dropped you one infertile clutch she is likely to do it again. Watch for the frantic diggging and get her a lay box in asap.
If she has not obviously dropped in weight overnight then she is not done laying and is at risk of being eggbound. Put her a box of damp sand in the viv where she layed those eggs. Kitchen washing up bowls are ideal.
I'm suspecting that she may have held onto those eggs too long and you might have to take her for a vet checkup. Really heavy breathing could possibly be a chest infection. make sure to go to a reptile specialist vet and not a 'fluffy bunny' vet though. They will treat reptiles but have no clue what they are doing and we hear about all sorts of really bad advice from them for reptiles.
Not sure who you asked when you said you consulted reptile specialists and vets about it. That is a pretty easy one to spot even without the pics and any of them should have come to the same conclusion fairly fast if they knew about beardies. Google beardie infertile eggs and you probably see the exact same pics as the one you tried to post.
You say you give her peppers sometimes? Do you not give her fresh veggies every day? A good half of her diet should be veggies / greens to make sure she has enough vitimins and moisture. Beardies get most of their water from their greens and very rarely if ever drink unless they are put in a bath. A beardie drinking from a water bowl is the rarity rather than the norm and you'll find that few beardie keepers on these forums keep water bowls in the vivs to avoid the humidity going up and possibly causing respiratory infections.
beardie 'food bible' http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html.
Welcome to the forums also, You might want to give us a full rundown of your setup so we can help you tweek it if needed.
What are your temperatures. Basking hot cold
What UV are you using, when was it last changed
Whas viv size.
Don't forget to introduce her to the community, we loooove pics ;p
(edit) noticed you tried to upload a pic there.
Got to your private messages page on top right. On the left side is an album page, upload to there. Copy the BB code at the bottom of the album page and post into thread.
1.2.0. Beardies Wally, Wilma and Wendy. (Each in own viv, don't house beardies together please)
1.2.0 lygodactylus picturatus Rag,tag, bobtail
1.1.0 shongololo (Train millipedes local African name)...Choochoo and Thomas...
1.1.0 Dogs Ben, Jack Russel. Holly, Border Collie,
Loooots of fishies,
looots of live colonies.
R.I.P. Little Fred. Beardie 29/4/2011
Last edited by nicnet; 23-08-2012 at 03:02 PM..
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