What is wrong with this thing?

What is wrong with this thing?

by Ash
(Spring Hill Florida )

Raw Peeling Skin on Bearded Dragon with Black Streaks

Raw Peeling Skin on Bearded Dragon with Black Streaks

This lady has 5 lizards with no UVB and mites. Look at this Bearded dragon. I can’t even begin to explain all of this. It looks awful. What is wrong with this thing?

Editor Thoughts - Bearded Dragon With Dry White Irritated Skin and Black Skin Streaks

Hi Ash,

Sorry to hear about the skin health issue with your bearded dragon. Based on the symptoms you described, there are a few potential issues your dragon may be facing. Please note that my advice is not a substitute for professional veterinary care.

I'm not sure if the issue you are pointing to are the raw dry skin areas or the black streaks and flaking.

The raw skin and dry white areas could be signs of a skin condition, such as a fungal infection, also known as Yellow Fungus Disease. This is a serious condition that often presents as flaky or patchy skin with yellow discoloration but can also manifest as white or gray patches.

You can also see black streaks, which might be an indication of stress or disease, possibly related to the improper shedding. Black coloration or streaks can occur due to low temperatures, improper humidity, or stress from environmental changes.

Improper shedding (also known as dysecdysis), where the skin does not come off completely or comes off in abnormal patches, can also be a result of inappropriate environmental conditions or health issues. It can potentially
lead to secondary bacterial or fungal skin infections if the retained skin isn't properly shed.

You mentioned that your bearded dragon does not have access to UVB lighting. UVB light is crucial for bearded dragons, as it helps them produce vitamin D3, necessary for calcium absorption. Insufficient calcium can lead to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD), which can affect skin health and color, among other things.

While the above are possible causes, it's important to get your bearded dragon examined by a reptile vet to identify the exact cause and necessary treatment.

In the meantime, ensure that your bearded dragon's habitat has the appropriate temperature gradient, humidity, and lighting. Providing UVB light is critically important, ideally in a tube format to cover a large area of the enclosure. The temperature should range from 95-110°F in the basking area to 75-80°F in the cooler area. Humidity should be around 30-40%.

Remember to keep their enclosure clean and to provide a healthy, balanced diet.

Again, these are suggestions based on the symptoms you've provided, but nothing can replace a visit to a professional veterinarian. Bearded dragons are resilient creatures, but they do require specialized care to remain healthy.

Best of luck with your bearded dragon,

Editor and Publisher
Cool Small Pets

Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.

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