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Posted by Pennebaker on May 07, 2003 at 10:28:23:
In Reply to: symptoms due parasites or poor conditions(or both)? posted by rgol77 on May 04, 2003 at 17:13:37:
Yikes--I agree, cover the sides and see if he perks up. Spray a lot. If he doesnt start eating an putting on weight, you definitely want to do some meds.
:Your night temps sound fine and I wouldn't worry about another heat source at night (a good digital thermometer is only a few dollars at Walmart to be sure of your temps.). I'm not sure about the parasites, but these symptoms might all be caused by stress... is his/her cage in an area where people or animals are in plain view? If yes, cover the glass with something so he has some privacy... also try not to handle it too much.
:My male was almost dead when he arrived and showed similar symptoms. I force fed him crickets after he didn't eat for 3 days. The symptoms didn't change until I covered the sides of his cage and gave him some privacy. Good luck.
:: I just recieved a "CB" dragon. When it came, it was completely dehydrated and emaciated. Since then, I have watered him well through spraying him and keeping a decent size water bowl available to him. He has a 160 watt UV light and can go to within six inches of it(I can almost assume it reaches 100 degrees). He hasn't eaten very much, but he has defecated a few times. I have noticed what seem to be parasite eggs. Because he has not been eating very much, I have had to syringe feed him a mixture of vitamin/calcium supplements and chicken puree baby food. He is breathing very heavily, seems very lethargic, and has his eyes closed more often they should be. My night time temperatures are upper 60s/low 70s. Could this be part of the problem? Whether it is or not, I am about to get a ceramic heating element for night time use. Are these problems likely due to the parasites, something else, or are they due to the combination of the two? I have gotten a fair amount of food into him, but his energy level has not increased. It is hard to believe that this lizard could have the run-of-the parasites and/or quantity of. I used to own a Tokay gecko that was completely infested with what looked to be the same type of parasite. I had him for seven years, and the person I gave him to continues to keep him today. Foolishly, I did not treat him. I will bring this one to the vet though.