Bearded dragon fall injuries
Bearded dragon fall injuries are quite common and usually result from falling from a significant height. Bearded dragons can fall after climbing or being handled by owners.
Bearded dragon fall injuries can lead to an array of symptoms mainly due to internal bleeding or bone fractures. Apart from witnessing a fall, the owner will notice lethargy, bleeding from the mouth or cloaca, a sudden swollen abdomen and/or leg, difficult breathing, limping or an inability to use one or more limbs. In the long term Bearded dragon fall injuries can lead to anorexia and even to sudden death.
Preventing fall injuries
Because Bearded dragons like to climb, fall injuries can be limited by preventing this behaviour by restricting the height of cage furniture. Owners should also be vigilant when handling these lizards. Also see the correct way to handle a Bearded dragon for more information. Bearded dragons are known to be unpredictable and dash into a certain direction when handled. A self made body harness can also be effectively used to safeguard adult dragons from falling. i.e. from the head or shoulder position of its handler.
Management & treatment
All Bearded dragon fall injuries should be inspected by a qualified reptile friendly veterinarian as soon as possible. Expensive radiography or specialised ultrasonography might be needed to aid in the diagnoses of problems. Treatable injuries will usually need a combination of parenteral fluids (drips), rest or surgical repair for fractures, surgical exploration for internal bleeding, pain killers and antibiotics.