Young growing lizards need appropriate temperatures and appropriate diet to achieve good health. We see many juvenile skinks and dragons suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiency.
Without adequate calcium supplementation their bones become softened and deformed.
Spine & tails become kinked, legs become bent as they attempt to unsuccessfully weight-bear.
In the early stages dietary correction may halt the progress of clinical signs but once deformed the bones will not correct themselves. Severe cases may give rise to consideration of humane euthanasia.