Water Dragon problems... :(

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  1. Esme

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    My sister has a 6 month old water dragon... it is very small and does not appear to be growing, shakes sometimes and has recently lost a toe. It feeds well although is a fussy eater. She gives it regular vitamins, the enclosure is kept clean and warm.

    Does anyone know what could be the problem??
     
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    craig.a.c Suspended Banned

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    How big is the enclosure and what temp does she have it set at?
     
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    Get it out into the sun asap. If it appears sick, go to a vet.
     
  4. Esme

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    It is still very small so is kept in a 2 foot tank and is kept at around 30 degrees
     
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    Does it have UV?

    Cheers Alex
     
  6. Esme

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    Yes it has a UV 5...
     
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    does it get calcium power with its vitamins?
     
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    the UV wont do anything unless the lizard can get within about 8inches. even then it's not much UV. If you can take him outside for about 30mins a day it will help a lot.
     
  9. Esme

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    He's within 8 inches of the light as it's just an ordinary 2 foot fish tank.
    and i think she takes him out into the sun every day, im not sure... ill have to get back to ya on that one...
     
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    It is quite normal for this time of the year to be just laying around for a juv water dragon. Make sure you have a good spotlight that heats up one end of the tank to 32 degrees or so and the other end a bit cooler. Reduce stress as much as you can like handling it, taking it in and outside etc. Decide if you are going to house it in or outside for a while. But seen the situation it is best to keep it inside IMO. Once he/she starts to look better set it up outside if you can.
     
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    with the handling I mean don't handle it etc.
     
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