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(the blackish one)
(the blackish one)  
Whats wrong with my bearded dragon? He is very weak, he  won't move. He drags his back legs and he is becoming wrinkly. He usually just lays there and looks dead.   the part where his  tail and back meet there is an indent.

Hello Asha,

How old is your dragon?  Is he housed with the other one?
Are you using a UVB light & if so, what type & brand is it?

It sounds like metabolic bone disease if he drags his back legs & has an indentation on the base of his tail.  Could he have ingested anything that could have impacted him?
Which foods are you feeding him?  
His coloring looks normal or he appears to be a normal colored dragon.

Are you giving him calcium several times per week?

How long have you had your other dragon?
If he is not eating, you will need to get some baby food, either chicken, or turkey & mix it with squash or sweet potatoes.  You can use a plastic dropper or syringe to feed him.



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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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