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Sick Dragon At Fair?

Discussion in 'Bearded Dragons' started by drrmarie, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    Hi everyone, this bearded dragon is in a tank with no light at a fair. Does he look ill at all to anyone or are the black spots on his back and the white marks on his feet normal? Could it be that he's just about to shed maybe? thanks!
     

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  2. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    another pic
     

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  3. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    I'm not an expert on beardies, but I believe all these are symptoms of extreme stress and poor conditions. Another thing to look for is a sloping brow. (Which it looks like he has as well)
    Unfortunately alot of the more popular reptile pets are almost viewed as throwaway animals. It makes me sad to see bearded dragons or ball pythons or leopard geckos in such poor conditions.
     
  4. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    thank you!
     
  5. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    could you tell me the significance of the sloping brow? I can't find anything on google
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I really don't see anything to be concerned with. The darker colors and barring are simple stress indicators. ThisI animal is at a fair and is likely being handled and peered at a lot.
    Never heard the sloping brow bit before.
     
  7. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    Hmm. Well maybe it's an old wives tale. I cant seem to find anything online about it either. I've had a few beardie owners tell me if the eyebrows are flat and sloping, it indicates an unhealthy animal. That you want to look for one with rounded "happy" looking eyes. I'm not sure the reasoning behind it, I've just been told it relates to malnutrition.
    And like I said, I'm no beardie expert, so maybe Merlin is right. Could just be the temporary stress indicator. I just thought it took long term extreme stress to manifest the black spots.
     
  8. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    thanks guys
     
  9. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, are you thinking of buying it?
     
  10. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    No I was wondering if I should report the exhibitor to animal control for neglect
     
  11. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    What were the conditions like (temperature wise) and how long was the dragon left like that?
     
  12. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    Mid to upper 70s and the fair lasts almost an entire month - has over a week to go
     
  13. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    If the dragon is left in those conditions for more than a few minutes it`s core temp will drop although not necessarily fatal to the lizard, it`s immune system will be compromised to some extent (I would report it).
     
  14. drrmarie

    drrmarie Member

    Thanks!!
     
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  15. Dragonmum

    Dragonmum Active Member

    I think you may be on the right track his fat pads on the top of his head are depleted which give the impression of a slope no UVB for a month is not good i would call the RSPCA they have reptile rescues that could help where was the fair?
     
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  16. AmityReptiles

    AmityReptiles Well Established Member

    That makes sense.
     
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