Dystocia in an Eastern Water Dragon

The patient is feeling much more comfortable after the assisted delivery.

Many reptiles in captivity undergo problems with egg laying.

Most of these problems are related to poor husbandry.

A) Incorrect Temperatures.
If a reptile is not kept at it’s preferred optimal temperature zone (POTZ) it’s body doesn’t work efficiently.
It has difficulty performing normal functions i.e. digestion, parturition (laying eggs / giving birth), shedding, etc.

B) Incorrect Diet / Overfeeding.
Overweight reptiles also have many physical health problems e.g. fatty liver, dystocia and parturition problems.

Generally, improved husbandry & diet and medical management seem to resolve the majority of these cases. However sometimes surgical intervention is required.

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