Case of the Day: Fractured Pelvis in a Mali Uromastyx

mali2What is Wrong With This Mali Uromastyx?!

This is a Mali Uromastyx, a primarily herbivore, native to the desert regions of North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and India. The average adult size is between 13″ and 16″ for males, and between 11″ and 14″ for females. Males are jet black with yellow markings and females are a more neutral brown/tan.

This Mali Uromastyx is very friendly and enjoys being handled. They require substantial care, including a fresh daily variety of vegetables and lentils, calcium and vitamin supplementation, daily cleaning, at least a 45 gallon tank, a temperature gradient of 85-115 degrees, UVB light, and daily handling. They can live 15-20 years.

This little girl was surrendered to the Upper Valley Reptile Group earlier last year. She presented with very limited use of her hind legs. She was active and happy, ate well and enjoyed digging through her substrate, but was unable to use her hind legs. Her previous owner had dropped her and she had been this way for at least 1 month.


Upon examination she proved to be happy and healthy, but unable to move her hind limbs even with manual manipulation. Feeling was still present in each of her hind legs, and she had no sores or lesions on the skin. Dr. Pinello requested a full body radiograph of the Mali Uromastyx.

Upon review of the radiograph, Dr. Pinello diagnosed her with a fractured and fused pelvis. Early MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease resulting from insufficient Calcium in the diet) may have played a part in the fracture and fusing of bone. She did not appear to be painful, so pain management was not necessary. She was able to move around adequately by pulling herself with her front limbs, and could still eat and dig. She was adopted out to a home that was aware of her special needs and would provide her with the special care and attention that she needs for the rest of her life.

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