Sad day

acidburn01

Hatchling Member
Beardie name(s)
Toothless
I woke up this morning to find Toothless dead. We aren't sure why, his tank stayed at the proper temperature, he ate, and was totally fine early this morning. I called the pet store and they said he must of been sick and not caught it and they'll replace him, if we want.

It really sucks because he waved at us last night and my two small kids loved him to death.
 

xp29

Gray-bearded Member
Beardie name(s)
Zen , Ruby & Snicker Doodle
Oh I'm so sorry to hear that, my condolences. Please don't let it turn you off to beardies they are truely amazing little animals. If your going to get another i recommend buying from an established breeder. They will be able to tell you more about your beardie and most importantly they can help you establish good husbandry off the bat.
 

parodyofagirl

Hatchling Member
I am sorry for your loss.

Toothless was sick when you brought him home and it is very likely that if you get another bearded dragon from the pet store they will be sick as well.

I went back through your posts and looked at his pictures. His eyes look unwell. His posture in many of the pictures and the weird hiccoughing thing he was doing more and more while he was breathing suggest he was having problems breathing. His abdomen seemed swollen, but his limbs were thin and the bone at the base of his tail was protruding. His ribs were visible in at least one of the pictures where he’s doing the not-stargazing posture.

Part of his upper back and the base of his tail extending downwards towards his underbody and one of his legs look discolored in a strange way that made me think of yellow fungus.

If you can afford a necropsy, you should call a vet and have one performed. If he did have something like yellow fungus, all of the babies he was with at the store potentially have it. Before you consider putting another one of these little guys in his setup, it will need to be disinfected but knowing what you’re dealing with (infectious disease vs genetics) could help you make informed choices going forward.

I am sorry that you and your children woke up to this very sad experience this morning. Personally, I don’t think bringing him to a vet would have helped his situation and he did get to spend his final days with all he could eat, basking like a king in his spacious, interactive, and thoughtfully decorated enclosure.
 

acidburn01

Hatchling Member
Original Poster
Beardie name(s)
Toothless
I am sorry for your loss.

Toothless was sick when you brought him home and it is very likely that if you get another bearded dragon from the pet store they will be sick as well.

I went back through your posts and looked at his pictures. His eyes look unwell. His posture in many of the pictures and the weird hiccoughing thing he was doing more and more while he was breathing suggest he was having problems breathing. His abdomen seemed swollen, but his limbs were thin and the bone at the base of his tail was protruding. His ribs were visible in at least one of the pictures where he’s doing the not-stargazing posture.

Part of his upper back and the base of his tail extending downwards towards his underbody and one of his legs look discolored in a strange way that made me think of yellow fungus.

If you can afford a necropsy, you should call a vet and have one performed. If he did have something like yellow fungus, all of the babies he was with at the store potentially have it. Before you consider putting another one of these little guys in his setup, it will need to be disinfected but knowing what you’re dealing with (infectious disease vs genetics) could help you make informed choices going forward.

I am sorry that you and your children woke up to this very sad experience this morning. Personally, I don’t think bringing him to a vet would have helped his situation and he did get to spend his final days with all he could eat, basking like a king in his spacious, interactive, and thoughtfully decorated enclosure.
Thank you for your kind words. I called the pet store and the guy who runs the reptile area is personally a breeder and when I brought him in, he said similar things, that toothless looked sick and he doesn't know why the girl sold us an obviously sick looking beardie.

I disinfected my tank, and all its fixtures. Even under the carpet. So hopefully the next one will go better. I am unsure how to explain it to my 6 and 5 year old.
 

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