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Hi my bearded dragon has been limping which has made it hard to eat food. And it also hasn't grown at all. I've had it for 3 months and its about 9 months old please help its tank is 68gallons.

Hello Christopher,

I am sorry your dragon has an injury.  Can you review your tank setup with me, such as the type/brand of UVB & how old the UVB light?  
Do you supplement with calcium?
What are the temperatures in his tank?

Please post some pictures of him & your tank.  A 68 gallon tank is good sized for him.  

I look forward to hearing back from you.



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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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