07 January 2017

Using programmable timers for Bearded dragon lighting

Using programmable timers for Bearded dragon lighting

Using programmable electric timers can give much better control of the lighting of an enclosure and improve the overall experience of Bearded dragon.

Author: Renier Delport. Reposted from Bearded Dragons - Using programmable timers for Bearded dragon lighting

29 December 2016

Metabolic bone disease in Bearded dragons

Metabolic bone disease in Bearded dragons

Metabolic bone disease (MBD), also referred to as hypocalcaemia or simply as calcium deficiency, is a serious nutritional disease where calcium in the bones is depleted in favour of increasing the calcium levels in the blood.

Author: Renier Delport. Reposted from Bearded Dragons - Metabolic bone disease in Bearded dragons

19 December 2016

Common pet Bearded dragon injuries

Common pet Bearded dragon injuries

As a keeper, chances are that your Bearded dragon will get injured at some point. Here are some of the common Bearded dragon injuries that one might encounter.

Author: Renier Delport. Reposted from Bearded Dragons - Common pet Bearded dragon injuries

09 April 2016

Adenovirus Infection in Bearded Dragons

Adenovirus Infection in Bearded Dragons

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.

Author: Renier Delport. Reposted from Bearded Dragons - Adenovirus Infection in Bearded Dragons

07 March 2016

Bearded Dragon Tail Injuries

Bearded Dragon Tail Injuries

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.

Common Consequences


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.

Conclusion


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.

Author: Renier Delport. Reposted from Bearded Dragons - Bearded Dragon Tail Injuries