binding in lizards is a potentially very dangerous condition
that must be treated early. Common causes for egg binding
include primarily stress and conditions inside its habitat.
The lizard will look for a suitable
place to lay its eggs and if it cannot find one it will hold
on to them indefinitely. Sand is required for most female
lizards so that they can dig into it and lay their eggs.
Stress levels of your lizard are
also a leading cause of egg binding. If the lizard feels a
great deal of stress in its surroundings it will not be comfortable
enough to lay the eggs. Besides a lack of suitable egg laying
sites this is probably the most common cause of egg binding.
If you have a female lizard pay
attention to the cloacal region for swelling as this is often
the only sign you will receive before it is too late. Unfortunately
egg binding is usually diagnosed only during autopsy when
it is obviously too late to do anything about it.
If you suspect your lizard is egg
bound check the cloacal region for swelling. If egg binding
is indeed the case, surgery is most likely the only thing
that can save your lizard. The surgeon will remove the eggs
from the lizard before they cause more harm.