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How to Save a Hungry & Dehydrated Lizard

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Severe dehydration can result in weakness, shock, disorientation, muscle twitches, irregular heartbeat and coma. Inadequate drinking water, low humidity, high temperatures, poor diet, disease and infection can all contribute to dehydration. Call your veterinarian first thing if you have a dehydrated lizard. Steps to take in lieu of the vet's input include feeding the creature electrolyte or soaking him in it. Don't feed the pet until it's well.

Offer a Drink

Step 1

Mix pediatric electrolyte beverage with an equal amount of lukewarm sterile water. Fill an eyedropper with the diluted electrolytes.

Step 2

Use the eyedropper to place a drop of the diluted electrolyte on top of the lizard's snout. Watch for him to lick it up. If he does, drip a few drops on his tongue as he's licking. If he doesn't lick at the drop on his snout, you will have to force him to take the liquid or give him a soak instead.

Step 3

Holding the lizard's head steady and level, open his mouth by gently pulling down on his dewlap. This is the loose flap of skin under his chin.

Step 4

Place a few drops of electrolyte solution on the front of his tongue. Gently rub under his throat and on top of his head to help him swallow. Repeat until the creature has ingested the proper amount of fluid.


Step 1

In a saucepan, mix equal parts pediatric electrolyte beverage and sterile water, making enough for use in the plastic container or dishpan. Gently heat the solution to lukewarm.

Step 2

Place the plastic container or dishpan on a folded towel. Fill it with the lukewarm electrolyte solution to a shallow depth that's comfortable for the lizard.

Step 3

Place the lizard in the container and allow him to soak. Remove him from the electrolyte solution before it gets cool. Rinse the solution from the lizard's body with fresh lukewarm water.