Adenovirus infection in Bearded dragons is a life threatening, potential disastrous and emerging disease in these lizards. It is cause by a virus causing major liver disease and death in lizards.
09 April 2016
07 March 2016
In established, healthy pet Bearded dragons some sort of tail injury is probably one of the first and most common injuries most owners will come across. Because of their activity and fragile nature of the tail, injuries to this area are not so uncommon in these pets. Tail injuries are mostly due to biting, but can also be due fractures from falling and to spontaneous tail tip necrosis.
Tail Injuries & Necrosis
Tail injuries due to tail biting are usually due to inquisitive and/or greedy dragons biting moving objects. A high incidence of bite injuries occur when too many Bearded dragons are housed together, or when smaller groups are not fed adequately. "Bullying" is also seen between difference sized Bearded dragons, where tail and other bite related injuries are common.
Spontaneous tail tip necrosis is also seen from time to time with single housed Bearded dragons. Although it"s certainly not impossible for a Bearded dragon to bite its own tail, these more more due to the fact that the tip of the tail has far less blood supply than the rest of the body. They are also commonly due to old pieces of retained skin constricting blood supply even further. It is usually seen in adult Bearded dragons. Tail tip necrosis can be due to no reason at all.
Bearded dragon tail injuries are rarely serious, except when it"s bleeding excessively. They can be most often treated with daily soaks and an antiseptic ointment to prevent the spread of possible infection - something like F10 antiseptic ointment works well. The injured part of the tail will very likely fall off with time with little of no ill effects to the affected Bearded dragon.
In the rare instance where bleeding occurs, physical haemostasis can be obtained by holding the site closed with a clean piece of toilet paper or cotton wool for five to ten minutes. It will rarely start to bleed again.
Bearded Dragon Tail Injuries in Pet Shops & Breeders
These injuries are often a sign of overcrowding or malnourishment. Refrain from buying from these sellers until they rectify the problem.
Although rarely serious, Bearded dragon tail injuries can be a sign of husbandry related problems like overcrowding, mixing of sizes and too little food. These are the more serious problems that needs to be rectified to ensure a happy, healthy Bearded dragon.
27 February 2016
While the majority of a Bearded dragon"s food should consists of protein based foods such as insects, the second half of the diet should consist of "greens". This includes an assortment of torn or shredded fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and flower leaves. A shallow container with a mixture of the correct size greens should always be available in the cooler end of the vivarium.
Bearded Dragon Greens
A dynamic mixture of fresh Bearded dragon greens will not only prevent boredom and stimulate appetite, but will also increase the diversity of vitamins and minerals to the animal. One should try to change only one or two items at a time over about three days to ensure adequate gastrointestinal adaptation. At least three to five different ingredients should be mixed together at a time. Fresh greens will contain more nutrients compared to spoiled, cooked or baked ones. All ingredients should be washed / rinsed with potable running tap water to remove dirt and potential pesticides before feeding.
Bearded Dragon Greens Lists
These lists serves as basis. Other literature will probably suggest even more options or may even omit some of these for good reason. Please comment...
What Greens to Feed Bearded Dragons
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What about Dangerous Greens?
There are also many known dangerous or poisonous greens that should not be fed to Bearded dragons. As more information get"s released this list will have to be amended, but at this stage I"m only aware of the following: These include onions, spinach rhubarb, cabbage type vegetables and avocado.
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