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Our Chinese Water Dragon Khaleesi  that we have had for a month now jumped from about 5 feet off the floor and landed on some ceramic tile, since then she seems to be laboring when breathing. Khaleesi since her jump has also been opening and closing her mouth constantly as if in pain or possibly being aggressive. Is it possible that she has hurt herself from the jump/landing?

Hello David,

Oh that does not sound good.  It is a huge possibility that she did hurt herself, internally either her ribs or possibly liver or another bone.
The erratic or labored breathing is a sign of pain & or stress associated with an injury.  Also, opening & closing her mouth is another marked sign of distress on some level.
Is she eating anything right now or does she try to bite you?
Has she lost any weight?
I would try to get her in for at least an x-ray to determine any bone injury or an ultrasound to see if there are any internal injuries.  
Can she walk & climb normally?



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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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