Owner's Guide to Coccidiosis in Bearded Dragons

Published: 15th May 2009
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Coccidiosis in bearded dragons is a condition caused by protozoans called Coccidia. These parasites are quite common and can be found in plenty of dragons in small numbers. This small amount of Coccidia causes no problems, but a severe infestation certainly will. So, how exactly can your dragon get it?


We don't know exactly how these protozoans are transmitted to bearded dragons. Some speculate that it can be passed from the mother during egg development. This would mean that even hatchlings would a minimal amount of these protozoans. Oocysts, the immature form of Coccidia, can also be ingested by crickets and other insects and be passed to your dragon upon consumption.


Your dragon's immune system normally keeps Coccidia under control. However, if it's compromised by stress, parasites, or disease, the infestation may become severe and cause problems. Two of the main symptoms of coccidiosis in bearded dragons are stomach pain and diarrhea.

The walls of the digestive system may also start to bleed. Food displacement can also lead to general malnutrition. It's also common for dragons with this condition to experience weakness and lethargy.


Fortunately, bearded dragon coccidiosis is very easy to diagnose once suspected. The only method of diagnosis is a fecal exam. If the symptoms were indeed caused by Coccidia, then treatment will need to begin immediately because Coccidia are very contagious.


If your vet diagnoses this disease, then he will prescribe your beardie sulfur drugs. While taking this medication, you will need to isolate the dragon in a separate tank. The tank needs to be kept extremely clean and sterile until the condition has been treated.

There are probably many more things you need to learn about bearded dragon care. So, come by bearded-dragon-care.net today to learn about things like setting up a proper bearded dragon habitat.

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