Reptiles/Bearded Dragon


I have had a bearded dragon for several years, but within the past 2 months it seems he has a hard time seeing his food.  He still eats, but I know when he does get live food (mealworms) it seems as if he cannot focus, see them and thus catch them.  He does still eat vegetables and fruits.  I also tried to give him some live crickets to chase, but again, he had trouble catching them.

Hello Nancy,

I am sorry your dragon isn't doing well right now.
Can you review your tank setup with me, such as the type & brand of UVB light, as well as the age of the light, the supplementation type & frequency given, along with his temperatures too?
Do you have any pictures of him & the setup also you could post?
Based on your description of his behavior, it sounds somewhat neurological.  That can be from a nutritional issue, namely calcium problems like hypocalcemia or otherwise known as developing metabolic bone disease.  
Is he losing weight, or currently maintaining it?
If you are not able to get him to eat any live insects, you can try hand feeding first since he is having trouble catching them right now.  
Can he support his body weight on all arms & legs or does have any trouble with walking, climbing or running?



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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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