HI hows everyone doing? Good i hope..ME on the other hand, sad, very sad..My adult beardie is not eating. I've been feeding her by hand for the past two days. Maybe she is sick or something. Ive also been adding some calcium to her diet to see if she gets any better. To my understanding when beardies turn black under their mouth's CHin Area, they are most likely to be mad, upset or something. She always has it black since shes stoped eating, also her tip of the tail is turning dark very dark, are these some type of symptoms i should be paying attention to?? shes never been like that..I feed her meal worms sprinkled with calcium, and also make sure the worms get their proper nutrition by feeding them veggies and fruit same with the crickets..If anyone out there has experienced the same problems with their beardies please help..would take her to the vet, but there seems to be no good knowledged herps out by my area..Oh shes a sunfire if that will help anyone..
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Just finished typing The topic on need help! message.. when all of a sudden she started goin crazy making hissy noises and trew up most of her food.!.!. What can be wrong?
Listen very carefully, you need to find a vet and take the animal as soon as possible. You have an animal that needs immediate attention. You cannot expect someone over the internet to diagnose this illness or injury. By your own words, you have said there is a problem, find a vet, they can't be any worse than a blind diagnosis by someone you don't know.
Good Luck!
Jim Smith
I'm not going to at all disagree with Jim's (?) sound advice to take your Beardie to a herp vet ASAP if at all possible. On the other hand, I am fully aware that in many areas there are no qualified herp vets and even in a major metro area like where I am the cost for a single visit to a local herp vet is approximatly $200.00 + tax!! Still, your situation sounds much too serious to put off getting your Beardie immediate professional help if at all possible.
That aside, you might want to check out Melissa Kaplan's excellent herp website www.anapsid.org and take your time and be sure to read all of the information including the links inside the text which may help you in some small way deal with what is no doubt a critical situation for your Beardie and
you as well. I hope things work out for the both of you. Good luck.

Lizard~King
Listen very carefully, you need to find a vet and take the animal as soon as possible. You have an ... is a problem, find a vet, they can't be any worse than a blind diagnosis by someone you don't know.

As soon as im able to find a vet that is herp qualified ill be sure to take my beardie beleive me, ive had her far to long to loose her like this, only problem is that ive been to 6 vet locations and none have any knowledge!! incredible!!!.. One diagnose of one vet cost me just to tell me to feed her calcium!! wich im already doing...im doin my best to find a qualified herp vet but is not easy. Thanks for the info.. Appreciate it very much..
All of the above websites list qualified herp vets. And if you tell us where you live someone here might be able to makea recommendation. -M

MIami, Florida. Hialeah florida to be exact. Took my beardie to a vet today,,lol,, soon it was my turn to see him he looked at me and said, wow cool what kind of lizard is that, right away i knew he wazsnt going to be able to help.. not easy finding a herp vet in my area, id probabally have to go out of county.
for now im keeping her outside in the natural sunlight where she can receive her full uva-b absorbtion. still doesnt want to eat though its been a full week, i am though given her water though at times she refuse it too. i also started noticing her eyes caving in, im pretty sure thats really bad. Anapsid states that something like that is due to dehydration great site by the way!! really imformative..so i put her in the bath tub with the water running to keep her hydrated as much as possible..hopefully im able to find a vet soon so it can all be over..Shes really beutifull, great personality, shes my baby.. : )
woke up this morning to clean my cage where i keep my beardies..to find that the sunfire female adult beardie dead... Emotion: sad ...before i could take her in for her appoinment at the vet..i took her in, the vet ran diagnostics on her, x-ray wich i may add was not so cheap, revealed that her stomach had a hole wich a meal worm had chewed trough, meal worm was badly decomposed from on half its body, unfortanate part was that it was not by his head..once it was out the stomach the worm died but did enough damage on her to feel pain, wich was keeping her from eating, drinkin water, and just doin any movement at all...im scratching mealworms of my beardies diet thats for sure...got another one im taking care of.

wich from now on is eating crickets with calcium powder only..same goes for my veiled, and fat tailed gecko as well, my frilled is to small to eat meal worms only give it pinheads.. Word to beardie keepers,,,PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN FEEDING THEM MEALWORMS>>they have to be tottaly dead before beardie swallows,,,if beardie chews softly and swallows worm still alive there can be a serious problem..the vet told me to pierce trough the worms head with a needle wich will paralyze them before feeding, but my guys wont eat anything dead..becarefull out there..Also i want to thank everyone and everyone for giving me tips and support..

R.I.P. "Sunshine"..
woke up this morning to clean my cage where i keep my beardies..to find that the sunfire female adult beardie ... eat anything dead..becarefull out there..Also i want to thank everyone and everyone for giving me tips and support.. R.I.P. "Sunshine"..

I have fed mealworms to BD's and other reptiles for many years

Anyway sorry for your loss
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