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Intestinal Prolapse is not a very
common problem for lizards. There is not one single
cause. The two most common causes are internal parasites,
and the hard pushing of dry feces.
If your lizard suffers from intestinal prolapse,
you will notice changes to their cloaca. It will look
pushed out, like a small lump underneath. In extreme
cases, the intestine will actually be on the outside
of your lizards body.
If you notice your lizard has these symptoms, take
them to the veterinarian immediately. They will first
rinse the affected area with a solution, often using
Betadine. Secondly, they will massage the prolapsed
intestine, slowly working it back into the body. If
the intestinal prolapse is severe and
shows signs of inflammation, an antibiotic cream must
be applied daily. The veterinarian will tape up the
cloaca with a small piece of cotton, and your lizard
will not be able to eat for one to two weeks to allow
the intestine to heal.