I just came back from the vets. PL is on baytril, .01ml to be given orally once a day via wax worm. The lizard weighs 22 grams, so that's actually the maximum doesage. The vet perscribed it because of the depth and serverity of the leg wound on his left leg. Currently we have no idea what can be causing his rather plump-looking abdomon, given that he's eating and pooping it's a good bet it isn't an impaction. His weight's about the same as last year's, so he hasn't gained anything. Maybe I'm only imagining it. I'd rather be paranoid about my animals then miss vital signs of disease, though.

The vet also snipped of the tip of his tail because it had also been damaged in the fight. It didn't bleed which probably means that it was going to come off anyways. It might or might not regrow, but no big deal if it doesn't.

PL is active and hungry, although a bit upset about the car ride, I think I'm more bothered about his injury then he is!
The vet also thinks that he is a male after all, due to the femoral pores. Both sexes have them but his are rather well developed, and a female's wouldn't be. We think he got into a fight with the larger tankmate, also a male. Normally they're pretty peaceble, but this is breeding season, so it could be causing tension among the three. No body else has bites, though. I'm hoping that this all will cool off in a couple of months. For the time being I am keeping PL seperated from the other two in a 10 gal with a UTH and paper towels for bedding.
Gloria
I just went to go give him his third dose of meds only to find him dead. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the injury to his leg, he was looking better yesterday. I think it was the UTH in the quarintine cage. He was on the 'warm' end, and the heat pad and lizard felt HOT, it actually hurt to touch it. It isn't normally hot. This is the same tank and heater I housed him in for a year when I first got him, and the same one that I quarentined my newest platedlizard in a couple of months ago. I've never had problems with it before, and now I have a lizard dead. The pad is a ZooMed heatpad that's about 3 years old, so I think maybe it shorted out?

I have him in the fridge right now while I decide if I can afford to have him necropsied or if I'm just going to bury him. I feel like ***. I guess I should have known that this could be a problem since I had him on paper towels to 'keep the wound clean' and I knew they liked to burrow under them right next to the glass. Hindsight is 20/20.
Gloria
Sorry about that
Sorry to hear it Gloria. But there's no sense in beating yourself up. We can't forsee everything. You'll take this and know it for next time, and that's the best anyone can do.
I do hope you get that necropsy though. It may turn out that his death was caused by something else entirely.
-M
I just went to go give him his third dose of meds only to find him dead. I'm pretty sure ... lizard dead. The pad is a ZooMed heatpad that's about 3 years old, so I think maybe it shorted out?

Sorry to hear this but did you have the UTH attached to a thermostat?

Many people aren't aware that direct contact with UTH's is just as dangerous for your reptile as those heat rocks and they MUST be regulated with a thermostat, even if just a cheap mat-stat rather than the more expensive dimmer or pulse stats. I've seen terrible thermal burns on reptiles, esp snakes, when people have used UTH's either inside the tank (which you should NEVER do) or directly underneath glass tanks without using a thermostat to control the heat.
I doubt very much that your mat is faulty, as all mats run at high temperatures if unregulated, even the small ones. Use one of those laser temperature guns and take readings off them and you'll be surprised at how high the temps go! Basically, if you can feel the heat from it with your hand then it's already in excess of 98F.
I just went to go give him his third dose of meds only to find him dead. I'm pretty sure ... wound clean' and I knew they liked to burrow under them right next to the glass. Hindsight is 20/20. Gloria

I'm sorry for your loss. :-(
Jennifer