Now that I have your attention, I’d like to talk about something serious. The leopard gecko you see before you is the direct result of neglect and irresponsibility. On Friday (Sept. 27th) I received a Facebook message from an individual whom was offering to donate some used reptile supplies and tanks. We talked briefly about my page and what I do; the man sent me a photo (swipe left to see) and said “Yeah I have two leopard geckos one of them isn't doing very good I've been trying to give vitamins to and let it gain weight but maybe you can do better with it. I just have puppies right now to deal with and it's getting too much. I just have a lot of puppies to deal with right now and they haven't been getting treated very well lately.” Mind you, this individual is also trying to get me to take 5 guinea pigs whom are all in one single critter cage on their own feces and hedgehog being fed hay. He even had an attitude when I told him I didn’t have space for the other (semi-healthy) Leopard Gecko (which I may go back for😭). Needless to say, after seeing the picture of this gecko, I couldn’t say no. This poor baby was being kept on calcium sand littered with dead crickets and feces. She had no heat source; only a dual dome lamp with 2 spiral UVB bulbs (one was blown), and 1 snake hide with a fake succulent.
I won’t go into detail, but let me just say: neglecting a pet in order to care for another is unacceptable. If you cannot care for the animals you have, please do not take in more and neglect the ones already in your care.
Day 1: warm bath, removed loose shed, drank some water, urinated (updates to come)
(And no her name isn’t Boobs, I just needed your attention🙃)
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Henry is one interesting little reptile so here are some facts about bearded dragons you may or may have not known:
1. They are one of the most docile and most relaxed reptiles on the list.
2. Bearded dragons wave their arms at each other to show species recognition or to demonstrate submission
3. Bearded dragons can run up to 9 miles an hour. Speedy little things aye?
4. Bearded dragons hibernate (you read that right) They go into brumation for a few weeks in the fall (though it can happen any time of the year)
5. Beardies can live up to 10 years when kept in great shape
6. Bearded dragons homeland is the outbacks of Australia but weren’t introduced to America until the 1990s,
7. Bearded dragons can run on their hind legs to get away from predators
8. Bearded dragons are omnivores, they eat everything from flowers to insects to even smaller lizards or rodents (I don’t recommend feeding them small rodents or smaller lizards, stick to insects)
9. There main predators in the wild are dingoes, birds of prey and larger reptiles
10. Bearded dragons have a third eye. They use this as a compass in a way.
Over all they’re just amazing animals ❤️