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Help with Giant Mountain Horned Dragon's Health (A. capra)..


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Posted by Herp_luv on November 16, 2002 at 14:04:40:

Hello everyone. I have a jeuvenile Giant Mountain Horned Dragon (Acanthosaura capra) named Tiki, and lately, his health hasn't been so good. Is it normal for G.M.H.D.'s noses to have black pigmentation from the tip of the nose up to the area between the eyes, or could this be blackening skin syndrome?? I am worried since he is EXTREMEMLY bloated and refuses to eat. He has only eaten one or two crickets in ONE WEEK! I am scared, and am going to take him to a herp specialist, but was wondering if anyone has any input as to his health condition. His stools are covered in a mucus-like substance, but instead of being viscous, the mucus seals the stool like a little capsule - aka his stools aren't runny. Part of the inside of his mouth has turned a grayish color, and his saliva is rather thick. My diagnosis, although I am not a DVM, is that something is incorrect in his environment or diet, so he has developed blackening skin syndrome, which led to a case of mouth rot also. Or, since he looks "bloated", maybe Tiki is a she (not totally sure of sex) and is gravid?? Can anyone help me out? I would be most appreciative. :)
Thanks,
--Alexia
herp hobbyist


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