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Reptiles/Bearded Dragon Head Shaking


    So a few months ago I rescued an adult, male bearded dragon from my local pet store. I had him in a temporary 20 gallon tank for a month or two, containing a UVB and heat basking bulb (red). He eats super worms and crickets regularly (sometimes with calcium power). However he has shown no interest in fruits/vegetables (kale, spinach, lettuce, blueberries, apple, banana). Since i have had him, I have noticed that he shakes his head (sometimes) if I take him out of his tank. I thought this might be because it is colder outside of his tank or he was scared. However, I have done some research and found that hypocalcemia could be the cause. He does not currently suffer from loss of motor skills or a "dying" tail.  Any guidance?

thank you for the review - regarding the points given, if you actually want an answer and care about your pet then you should take him to a reptile veterinarian, not waste time on here. What would you expect me to answer? Maybe bring out my crystal ball? Working as a referral veterinary surgeon for exotics I assure you I have encountered many reptilian cases, many complex ones and also many different types of clients - sadly an email will not be a solution, especially if there are potential differentials including hepatic encephalopathy, vascular disease, increased intracranial pressure, pseudo aneurisms, infection viral causes amongst others (all cases I have seen with "shaking heads".


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Ross Ashley Machin


Reptile and exotics husbandry and veterinary medicine.


Over 15 years having kept over 100 reptile species and other exotic animals. Worked in first opinion veterinary practice and also referral exotic animal (focus on reptiles) veterinary hospital.


BSAVA Manual of Reptiles chapter Currently writing parasitology article for British Veterinary Association

Degree Veterinary Science Masters degree General Practitioner Certificate Exotic Animal Practice Currently enroled in Royal College Certificate Zoological medicine

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