Atadenovirus, also known as “adenovirus,” “stargazing,” and “wasting disease,” is a highly contagious disease especially common in bearded dragons.
- stunted growth
- weak immune system
- susceptible to parasites
- susceptible to illness
- neurological problems (stargazing, seizures, twitching, rolling)
- no symptoms (carrier)
- direct or indirect contact with an infected dragon
Like a reptile version of AIDS, atadenovirus has no cure. If you suspect your dragon may have it, ask your vet to run some tests. If s/he comes up positive, treatment will be based on addressing issues as they come, and keeping him/her relatively comfortable for the rest of your life. This may involve frequent check-ups, frequent deworming, daily soaking, assist-feeding, and eventual euthanasia.
- If you have more than one bearded dragon and one is infected, test all of them.
- House and bathe bearded dragons separately.
- Wash hands thoroughly between handling each dragon.
- Disinfect enclosures weekly.
- Never reuse uneaten salad.
- Do not share supplies.
- Do not get more bearded dragons.
For more information on treated and handling bearded dragon atadenovirus, visit this post from Sarah’s Bearded Dragon Rescue.
Source: Reptiles Magazine