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Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:54 am

I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:01 am

traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby claudiusx » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:15 am

Hi there,

Poor girl, she is definitely skin and bones.
That roundness you're seeing in the picture is not her being fat, it is her inflating herself with air to have more surface area exposed to the heat. It's a way they have to heat their bodies more efficiently.

I agree we should definitely go over her daily diet and make sure its adequate.
And we should go over her husbandry to make sure shes able to even digest and process the food shes eating.

She is severely malnourished or has a pretty bad parasite infection so we need to take care of this and get some weight on her as soon as possible.
Luckily they are tough creatures and come easily come back from things like this as long as you are willing to put in the effort. We are here to help you and your precious girl :D

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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:28 am

BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.

I have two the other one is fine, I feed them both locusts,crickets,super/morio worms, apple,kale and other veg stuff. I feed them as much as they want to eat in around 5 mins usually they stop taking food after 2 or 3 mins.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:04 am

traveyman145 wrote:
BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.

I have two the other one is fine, I feed them both locusts,crickets,super/morio worms, apple,kale and other veg stuff. I feed them as much as they want to eat in around 5 mins usually they stop taking food after 2 or 3 mins.

how many times do you feed them per day do you feed them every day? How much are they eating.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:43 am

BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:
BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.

I have two the other one is fine, I feed them both locusts,crickets,super/morio worms, apple,kale and other veg stuff. I feed them as much as they want to eat in around 5 mins usually they stop taking food after 2 or 3 mins.

how many times do you feed them per day do you feed them every day? How much are they eating.

I feed them mostly every 2 days as when I fed them everyday they didnt always take anything.
they usually eat 2-3 extra large locusts or 4 crickets or 4-6 worms. I am not really sure as I just keep giving them food for 5 mins or until they stop taking it.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby JumpinJellyfish » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:55 am

Do they both live and/or get fed in the same enclosure?
In any case, if she's eating enough but still malnourished, I would definitely recommend a parasite check and a review of lighting and temps.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:20 am

traveyman145 wrote:
BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:
BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.

I have two the other one is fine, I feed them both locusts,crickets,super/morio worms, apple,kale and other veg stuff. I feed them as much as they want to eat in around 5 mins usually they stop taking food after 2 or 3 mins.

how many times do you feed them per day do you feed them every day? How much are they eating.

I feed them mostly every 2 days as when I fed them everyday they didnt always take anything.
they usually eat 2-3 extra large locusts or 4 crickets or 4-6 worms. I am not really sure as I just keep giving them food for 5 mins or until they stop taking it.

how big are the crickets?
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:06 am

BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.
I have not fed them crickets for a while because they seem to like the locusts more.
https://i.imgur.com/eCXcqje.png
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby BeardedDragonSteve » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:19 am

traveyman145 wrote:
BeardedDragonSteve wrote:
traveyman145 wrote:I got her a few months ago and she has always been like this.
Her tail is very thin and bony and you can see her joints for her back legs
and she also has sunken fat pads. She drinks and eats fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything that could be useful/helpful to know.
https://i.imgur.com/1yO3yF5.jpg
Thanks.

She is probably malnourished what do you feed her.
I have not fed them crickets for a while because they seem to like the locusts more.
https://i.imgur.com/eCXcqje.png

Those do look like a decent size do you feed them alive, if you did kudos to you to be able to keep it in the same place without it moving and taking a picture
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:02 pm

Those do look like a decent size do you feed them alive, if you did kudos to you to be able to keep it in the same place without it moving and taking a picture[/quote]

Yeah I feed them live.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby AHBD » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:33 pm

Poor thing, are they housed together ? Big red flag if they are .
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:37 am

AHBD wrote:Poor thing, are they housed together ? Big red flag if they are .

Yes they are both housed together, I thought you could keep two girls together?
They dont fight or compete for the best basking spot or for food they share the basking spot and take turns eating when I feed them.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby AHBD » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:08 am

It's true that some females do get along fine , I've had females housed together back when I was breeding. There has to be lots of room and they have to get along. This is a 300 gal. tank.

https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploa ... _large.jpg

But if any dragon is thin/sickly they are better off in their own enclosure. Is the other dragon a decent size ? This dragon would probably benefit from Oxbow Critical Care formula from a vet. I think you might be able to get it online as well. Offer her her fave foods every day and even try home made slurries . A few waxworms might boost her appetite, silkworms + hornworms are good as well. The locusts are good, 4 cm would be about 1.5" so that's a good size.
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Re: Fat but skinny?

Postby traveyman145 » Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:29 am

AHBD wrote:But if any dragon is thin/sickly they are better off in their own enclosure. Is the other dragon a decent size ? This dragon would probably benefit from Oxbow Critical Care formula from a vet. I think you might be able to get it online as well. Offer her her fave foods every day and even try home made slurries . A few waxworms might boost her appetite, silkworms + hornworms are good as well. The locusts are good, 4 cm would be about 1.5" so that's a good size.


They are both about 420grams but the other dragon isnt flat she is normal sized.
She also eats much more than the other one but they are both the same weight.
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