Egg Binding

Egg binding (also known as dystocia) occurs when a female ackie monitor is unable to lay her eggs.


  • Loss of appetite
  • Inactivity
  • Straining
  • Swollen cloaca


  • Substrate not deep enough to create suitable nest site
  • Dehydration
  • Obesity
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Illness
  • Abnormal reproductive anatomy


Egg binding is life-threatening if left untreated, and can affect female ackie monitors even when they have not mated with a male. If you suspect egg binding in your ackie, make an appointment with an experienced reptile veterinarian immediately.

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