Old age or neglected?

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Old age or neglected?

Postby AxiomForever » Sat May 18, 2019 2:19 pm

Hi everyone!
I just adopted a bearded dragon off Craigslist this morning. I was told he was around 8 years old and the previous owner had him the entire time. When I went to pick him up he was in pretty rough shape. He is very skinny, has a few crooked limbs and seems to have an unbalanced walk. I was told his tail has been crooked for a while (owner not sure how it happened) and that it doesn't cause him problems. I asked about his diet and it has consisted of spring mix, romaine and lots of fruit. He had a 100 W ZooMed basking light and a UVB in the tank he was living in with sand as substrate.

I am just curious if he looks this way because of old age or if there is some underlying condition. I have the means to care for him, just want to get some opinions or suggestions to give him my best.

Here is a full body picture
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The tail bump
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Floppy arms
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Re: Old age or neglected?

Postby AHBD » Sat May 18, 2019 3:21 pm

Well he's def. been neglected but looks like a tough little guy. Seems alert but def. has some MBD, probably been that way quite a while. Just feed + supplement him well and keep him hydrated. It sounds like he's in a good place with you. :)

Can you post pics of his new set up ? What type of uvb do you have ?
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Re: Old age or neglected?

Postby AxiomForever » Sat May 18, 2019 4:19 pm

AHBD wrote:Well he's def. been neglected but looks like a tough little guy. Seems alert but def. has some MBD, probably been that way quite a while. Just feed + supplement him well and keep him hydrated. It sounds like he's in a good place with you. :)

Can you post pics of his new set up ? What type of uvb do you have ?


Thank you so much for your response! He's definitely got a fighting spirit and a very sweet energy about him. I have some supplements on hand to start incorporating into his diet. I have both liquid and powder calcium along with powdered multivitamin. I'll start the process of bathing him frequently so he stays hydrated. I gave him a bath today and he handled it very well. :)
I have adopted a dragon before with a slight case of MBD due to no UVB in his tank so I am somewhat familiar with the treatment of it, there's always more to learn of course. Poor guy, I wonder how long he's been this way..

The UVB I have is a 15W 10.0 T8 light. Below is a picture of the current set up.

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Re: Old age or neglected?

Postby AHBD » Sat May 18, 2019 4:27 pm

Looks good ! And some liquid calcium would probably be good in his condition.
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