Reclinata the Eastern water dragon - 29th March 2013
Age: Adult Sex: Unknown Weight: 610g
Found: In the grounds at Australia Zoo, impaled with a palm frond right through its body!
Transported to: To the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the Australia Zoo Reptile Crew.
Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec assessed Reclinata and found the frond entered at the right side of the lower abdomen and exited on the left side of the chest. The water dragon was still breathing which was an excellent sign.
Treatment: After Dr Bec removed the frond, the water dragon's body cavity was flushed with an antibiotic saline solution. Dr Bec closed the holes and administered pain relief, antibiotics and fluids.
Outcome: Reclinata is currently recovering in our reptiles intensive care unit with medication and cage rest. Once healed, Reclinata can return to the wild.
AZWH Fact: Eastern water dragons are semi-aquatic lizards that are found along the east coast of Australia. They are normally found around creeks, rivers or lakes and we have lots and lots roaming around Australia Zoo!
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