My Lizard Will Not Eat

My Lizard Will Not Eat

by Wendy Bagwell
(Portland, OR USA)



Reader Question:

I have been hand feeding my lizard for over a month. Sorry about poop in cage. Today is cleaning day. I took him/her to the vet and he was treated for parasites. Albon suspension 50mg. I gave the recommended dosage for 14 days, as instructed, and he still won't eat.

I have been feeding chicken baby food with a syringe the vet gave me. I also offer veggies daily. He does like the bath, though. He is about 5 months old. I got him around thanksgiving at petsmart and they estimated him to be 3 months old. My question is how long until you think he might start eating? I have offered crickets, but he is still not interested.

Vet Suggestion

Hi Wendy,

Many cases of poor appetite in bearded dragons are a result of problems in the environment or diet. Did your veterinarian fully investigate your set up and check your lizard for metabolic bone disease?

In general, bearded dragons require daytime temperatures of between 76°-86°F with access to a basking area maintained between 90°-100°F. Nighttime temperatures should not fall below 75° F. Humidity should be maintained around 40%. The animals also require full spectrum UV lighting.

Sometimes offering novel food items can help stimulate the appetite. Good options include king mealworms and silkworms instead of crickets or corn and edible flowers if he’s avoiding more traditional vegetables.

If none of these ideas work, I’d recommend a second opinion with a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles. The Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarian’s website is a good place to find such a doctor in your area.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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