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My sons water dragon is about 1 1/2 years old recently he has been keeping his eyes closed closed and the right side of his mouth has begun to swell and look dicolored. He also hasn't been eating. How can I help this little Guy??

Hello Amanda,

Poor thing, he doesn't look well.
Please tell me what type of set up he has, such as the temperatures, the humidity & the type & brand of UVB you are using, too.  Do you give calcium several times per week?
What are you measuring the temperatures with, a digital probe or a temp gun?
Has he eaten anything at all recently?
It looks like he could have possible metabolic bone disease, or is being kept at improper temps or has the wrong lighting on him.  
Let me know how he is doing.



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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