Monday, January 2, 2012

Information on Egg-Binding in Reptiles

Also ring dystocia and egg retention, egg-binding is common in several species of reptiles, including iguanas, snakes and turtles. But it is more common in snakes and turtles. It happens when a woman can not pass the mature eggs formed in her reproductive system. One study showed that nearly 10% of the reptile population is affected by egg-binding.

Potential Hazards

Complications arising from egg binding

Death of the young or eggs

· Peritonitis

Ignition and scarring in the reproductive organs. This leads to reduced fertility in the future

Death of female

Causes of dystocia

There are several factors that may cause egg-bond. If the woman has an anatomic defect that is obstructive, it would be physically impossible for the egg to pass. Even if the mother is in poor condition when it is time to lay eggs, they may run out before they put them all done. This may be due to inactivity, leading to poor muscle tone and an inability to strong, repeated contractions to produce.

The incubator is another contribution. The nesting area should be of the correct depth and choice of substrate for the species. It should be a private, quiet area.

The eggs themselves can also play a role. If the egg is too large or malformed, or if it is not correctly inserted, broken, or at other eggs will be almost impossible to pass.


For lizards, treatment should begin immediately. Dehydration or other immediate life-threatening condition should be treated before attempting to remove the egg. The four main treatment

· Physical manipulation

· Hormone Stimulation

· The removal of egg contents

· Surgical removal of the egg

Physical manipulation requires a highly experienced herpetologists and reptile veterinarians. It gently pressure after greasing the sewer. Extreme care is necessary to avoid tearing the reproductive organs, a sagging, and death.

Injections of oxytocin or arginine vasotocin can cause contraction of the reproductive organs and pass the egg. Calcium can also be given by injection prior to use of hormones. None of the hormones should be used as an obstacle. They are most effective if given within the first 48 hours of egg-binding. Hormones are most effective in turtles and snakes in the least effective.

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