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 #2315458


Louise93
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 Bosc monitor legs

Hello

Recently my Bosc monitor Ned, started to walk with a limp. She became reclusive and hides away all day long. I took her to the vets obviously and he took an X-ray, where I found out she was a girl! And also the vet suggested she had weak bones and gave me some medicine to give to her daily to help. He said he suspected she would lay eggs in the future and told me to give her optimal conditions.

So I took her home, and now she is just worse. Won’t put weight on the front legs at all and will hardly move, although she still eats and poops normally. I bath her, but she is just upset all the time. This has all progressed only 2 weeks since her vet visit. Obviously I will take her back to the vets, I was just curious if anyone has experienced this before with a monitor.

I am very worried :( she used to be so curious and playful now she just seems upset and reclusive,
Her temps are 80 on the cool side, and 100 on the basking site.
There is a lot of soil for burrowing and the humidity is usually 70-80%
She always has access to water and has a correct uvb bulb
Thank you



11/01/15  04:16pm

 #2315462


Otto Glott
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  Message To: Louise93   In reference to Message Id: 2315458


 Bosc monitor legs

Are her toes swollen or eyes sunken? How old is she? Staying burrowed is what mine does until hunger drives her out. I have an Argus who excavates her home daily





11/01/15  10:22pm

 #2315463


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  Message To: Louise93   In reference to Message Id: 2315458


 Bosc monitor legs

Sounds like MBD. What do you feed her? What are basking temps?



11/02/15  06:20am

 #2315470


Louise93
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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315462


 Bosc monitor legs

Her toes arent swollen and her eyes arent sunken. She is about a year and a hlaf old, I’m unsure becuase the pet shop she came from said she was a year when I got her, but I don’t know how true this is. She is eating well, its just the sudden leg problem I am worried about :(



11/02/15  09:05am

 #2315471


Louise93
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  Message To: 3240   In reference to Message Id: 2315463


 Bosc monitor legs

This is what i originally believed. She came from unsuitable conditions previously however when I took her to the reptile specialist who did an xray and examination he said she did not have MBD, but does have weak bones and could develop it. So he provided me with a medicine to give daily. This was two weeks ago, surely she couldnt have developed it that quickly?
Her basking temps are 100, and she eats mainly insects (locusts, roaches) and occasionally pinkies.
If you beleive I am doing something wrong please tell me, I have been given so much conflicting information from vets and pet stores and online that I have no idea anymore.
Obviously I will take her to the vets again in the next few days, but any experience or information would help me put my mind to rest



11/02/15  09:11am

 #2315480


Otto Glott
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  Message To: Louise93   In reference to Message Id: 2315471


 Bosc monitor legs

My basking temp is 126 for a 4 month old monitor. Maybe it’s just a weak joint or the lizard hurt itself trying to escape from you picking her up.



11/02/15  07:09pm

 #2315491


Louise93
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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315480


 Bosc monitor legs

Possibly! she is good with handling, however used to climb about the viv like crazy. She may have pulled it or fallen on it. About to take her to the vets now!
And in that case, I might increase the temps a bit.
Thank you



11/03/15  09:31am

 #2315496


Otto Glott
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  Message To: Louise93   In reference to Message Id: 2315491


 Bosc monitor legs

I’m a new keeper but I have her savannahs are sensitive and are difficult for amateurs like me. 😜.So keep trying and good luck



11/03/15  06:46pm

 #2315497


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  Message To: Louise93   In reference to Message Id: 2315491


 Bosc monitor legs

The basking temps are too low. Shoot for 120F+. Low basking temps along with a poor diet can cause MBD. Weak bones and MBD are the same thing. Is he large enough to eat whole prey items such as mice (not pinkies)? If not, dust the insects with calcium powder. Hopefully he’ll recover.



11/03/15  08:17pm

 #2315503


Louise93
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  Message To: 3240   In reference to Message Id: 2315497


 Bosc monitor legs

The vet said she has a fracture and worms! She has been given pain relief and a de wormer as well as a calcium supplement. He said she doesn’t have mbd but has weak bones, but like you said, I thought they were the same thing? I have upped the temps like you suggested and will offer her mice to eat. The reason I haven’t until now is because of all the conflicting info I’ve heard, one vet told me mice aren’t suitable only insects, and another vet told me mice were the best option. Ahh it’s so frustrating.
Ned seems happier already, thank you



11/04/15  06:46am

 #2315504


Louise93
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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315496


 Bosc monitor legs

Ned is a handful! Haha, but I’ll do anything to keep her well. Thank you, you too !



11/04/15  06:47am

 #2315507


Otto Glott
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  Message To: Louise93   In reference to Message Id: 2315504


 Bosc monitor legs

You’re welcome 😝 I found a guy known as Krusty to be a good source for Argus monitors, look him up, maybe he has a husbandry article for savannahs too.



11/04/15  07:54am

 #2315541


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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315507


 Bosc monitor legs

Savannah and argus husbandry are the same. As are most monitors.



11/05/15  09:41pm

 #2315544


Otto Glott
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  Message To: 3240   In reference to Message Id: 2315541


 Bosc monitor legs

Not really, there are differences and unique challenges for each species.



11/05/15  10:58pm

 #2315549


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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315544


 Bosc monitor legs

No, husbandry is exactly the same.



11/06/15  05:59am

 #2315553


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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315544


 Bosc monitor legs

Let me ask you Otto. What’s different when it comes to keeping savannah and argus monitors? Sounds like you’re in the know. How would you set up an argus vs. a savannah?



11/06/15  06:26am

 #2315558


Yaksha
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  Message To: 3240   In reference to Message Id: 2315553


 Bosc monitor legs

I agree argus and savs, have the same husbandry however, tree monitors are quiet different, but since no one is talking about them yah there the same set up.. Larger for the argus, but otherwise same rules apply, humidity, temps, soil depth, hides, climbs..



11/06/15  10:35am

 #2315559


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  Message To: Yaksha   In reference to Message Id: 2315558


 Bosc monitor legs

Tree monitors really aren’t any different. Pro Exotics probably had the most success breeding tree monitors. They set them up exactly like their ackies and black throats. When I kept tree monitors I set them up in the same type of enclosures as my young lace monitors. They utilize vertical space more than the others, that’s about it.



11/06/15  10:40am

 #2315577


Otto Glott
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  Message To: 3240   In reference to Message Id: 2315553


 Bosc monitor legs

Nevermind, I plea the fifth. I never claimed to know it all though, just read some monitors need specific requirements to thrive.



11/06/15  04:30pm

 #2315580


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  Message To: Otto Glott   In reference to Message Id: 2315577


 Bosc monitor legs

Your right as far as temps, humidity and soil depth, it is the same. Just for a tree monitor i would build up rather than out. with hide near the top of the enclosure, rather than the ground or close to the bottom, thats what i meant about the difference,
plus increase the humidity a touch



11/06/15  08:52pm


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