Green anole with eye problem

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Green anole with eye problem

Post by Marianne Grochows » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 02:42:33



A couple of days ago I noticed that my 2 year old male anole was having
trouble with one of his eyes. Looked a little swollen and he kept it
shut most of the time. Today it's much worse, swollen almost completely
shut and crusty around the lids. It seems to either hurt or itch because
he keeps rubbing and scratching at it.

Can anyone tell me what might be wrong and what I can do about it? I'm
guessing it's an infection of some sort. Is there some way I can treat
it at home? It would be awfully hard to get him to a vet without
really stressing him out. So far his appetite is still good and he's
reasonable active.

Thanks in advance,
          Marianne

 
 
 

Green anole with eye problem

Post by Mike Tho » Sat, 11 Feb 1995 21:49:25



Quote:

>A couple of days ago I noticed that my 2 year old male anole was having
>trouble with one of his eyes. Looked a little swollen and he kept it
>shut most of the time. Today it's much worse, swollen almost completely
>shut and crusty around the lids. It seems to either hurt or itch because
>he keeps rubbing and scratching at it.

>Can anyone tell me what might be wrong and what I can do about it? I'm
>guessing it's an infection of some sort. Is there some way I can treat
>it at home? It would be awfully hard to get him to a vet without
>really stressing him out. So far his appetite is still good and he's
>reasonable active.

>Thanks in advance,
>          Marianne


I had exactly the same thing with three out of four of my Green anoles;  
after 18 months or so, their eyes swelled up, eventually to the extent
that they could no longer see.  Until they were actually blind, they
remained otherwise active and healthy.  The one that wasn't affected had
to be kept in a seperate cage because the others harassed it too much.  
It was also a VERY fussy eater; it would only eat spiders and bugs from
the garden - it would not touch crickets.  What I think my mistake was
was to over dust the crickets with mineral/calcium supplements and I
think that the problem with the eyes was a build up of calcium deposits.
I was dusting the crickets heavily every other feed.

Do you dust your crickets before you feed them to your Anole?  If you do,
I would suggest that you reduce the amount/regularity.  I have a feeling
that it might be too late; I stopped dusting the crickets that I fed to
my anoles once their eyes started to swell and the vet advised me that it
was probably too much supplement.  Sadly, I eventually had to euthenise
them.  The other Anole lived on happily (if still fussily !).

Good luck,

Mike.