My water monitor is acting weird he acts scared like I'm going to hurt him I have to endure a lot of pain to hold him so he can relax he's 6-7 foot and he's a sweet lizard he was treated poorly with his previous owner is he going to get over this?this is my first time seeing him like this& I've had him for about a year....and one of the dragons I rescued had a good shed but I'm not sure what's going on with his it bad?it was like this when I got him but he's acting normal..

Hello Porsher,

He is rather large!
Is he getting ready to shed possibly & just cranky?  Has he hurt himself that you can tell which could change his behavior?
You rescued a bearded dragon & his leg has been hurt?  Was it bitten by a tank mate or is he limping due to metabolic bone disease?  
Is your dragon eating normally?



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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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