Reptiles/Joint swelling


Good evening,
We have a bearded dragon who is approximately one year old. Over the past few weeks I have noticed some swelling to left elbow area and claw, now his back left leg, at the joint, is swollen also. Can you tell me what can be causing this?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.


I'm sorry I didn't see your question until now. Without being able to see the dragon I can only guess. Often, before a shed, the joints and feet will look swollen. If he is otherwise acting normally and there are no sores, injuries, etc.. it's probably just that he's getting ready to shed.  


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Jennifer C Parnell


I can answer questions about health, diet, behavior, housing requirements, common illnesses, and general husbandry of most reptiles. My answers are not a substitute for veterinary care. If I don't feel confident about answering your question, I can generally point you to someone who can answer it, or advise you to seek veterinary help.


My father is a licensed veterinarian for 40+ years. He specialties include venomous American snakes, reptiles, rodents, primates, dogs, cats, goats, geese. I grew up assisting him and have always maintained rescued, injured, or unwanted reptiles. I'm familiar with snakes, most common lizards, turtles, terrapins and tortoises. I'm also familiar with Bearded Dragons and currently have several.

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