Sore on Lower Lip of Bearded Dragon Does Not Heal

Sore on Lower Lip of Bearded Dragon Does Not Heal

by Ryllara

Both my male and female bearded dragons have a sore or erosion of their bottom lips. This has only occurred since putting them in a metal wire cage where I assume they rub their chins against it trying to get out. The wounds form a scab but I notice there is a pale yellow coating forming over the sore. Should they have antibacterial treatment? How can I prevent this happening again?

Suggestions from our Vet on Treating a Sore Bearded Dragon Lip

Hi Ryllara,

Abrasions like those you describe on your lizards can be caused when nervous animals repeatedly rub or bang their faces against the walls of their enclosure.

Preventing this behavior is essential to getting the wounds to heal. Switching to a terrarium with smooth walls (e.g., a glass aquarium) can help, but you may still find you need to cover some of sides to give the animals a sense of security. Providing more hiding places within the terrarium can also help keep the lizards calm.

I can’t say whether or not antibiotics are necessary without first examining your lizards. If you do not have a veterinarian, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians website is a good place to start.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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Sep 07, 2013
bearded dragon scab
by: sheridan

Hi. I have two bearded dragons, one which has a big scab on the bottom lip of it and I tried putting natural honey, going to the vet, and I haven't been successful in any of them. I am scared and it looks like she is loosing a lot of weight.. what should I do?
Please help.

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