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  • GAAAAK!!! BEARDED DRAGON RESCUE!

    Why do people get animals they don't understand?! So, Ive been seeking a viable male of appropriate age, weight, size, and health for my Shin. I came across an ad on CL (naturally) that SEEMED to be what I was after... When I met with the individual to examine the beardie, (they brought the entire set up to me....), the poor creature was sitting in sand that had not been cleaned in so long that it had solidified in the bottom of the aquarium, had NO UVA/UVB light, had been under a porcelain heat lamp, with NO hide, in an aquarium that was WAY too small for him, with a BONE dry small water bowl (to small for him to climb or soak in, No climbing aparatus, and had romain lettuce and banannas in his food bowl that had CLEARLY been there for several days (banannas were black and rotting with fruit flies and letuce was dried to the feed bowl).

    The poor beastie itself has what looks like burn damage on several areas of his scales, his claws had been trimmed too short (well into the quick) on one side ( the other side hasn't been trimmed in a LONG time as they were needle sharp) and he looked extremely dehydrated. I could not, in any sense of good concience, leave the poor thing to go back to those conditions. I pd for him, and brought him straight to my vet for an emergency visit.

    I was right, dehydrated, scale burns (she said they aren't too bad... Should shed out in the next couple of sheds with proper care and hydration) a bit of cooked on shed and the over cut nails, luckily, an otherwise clean bill of health. She said it would be alright to socialize him with full observation into my Viv.

    I spent the entire day yesterday at home to keep careful watch on the three of them and their interactions together. He has intergrated well, so far. In just 24 hrs. With propper diet correction, humidity levels, timed heat cycles, AND UVA/UVB lighting/socialisation.... Seems to be a whole new lizard. He's more alert and active, surprised me by joining the others and coming to the viv doors to greet me with Shin and Iggy, each taking their morning trest of two or three superworms from my hand (after watching Shin and Iggy closely, the new fellah did the same... A bit more agressively, but still a HUGE improvement) shows signs of a coming shed, and the burns seem to be less pronounced as well. He even allowed me to handle him and clip his nails without agression... (when i got him he was NOT a happy lizard.... Agressive, angry, defensive, frightened, uncomfortable, snappy and difficult to handle).

    All in all... I think, after some rehab time... He may well wind up being just what I was hoping for. Lucky for both of us. Any ideas on a good name for my new heart pirate? Garrrg!!
    PLATO- Iguana Iguana~ SHIN (F) & IGGY(M)- Pogona Agaminae~BB, BEAUTY, ECHO, BLAZE, LUNAR, SOLAR, HIRO, HERCULES & LADY CHANTILLY- Correlophus Ciliatus

    Dubia roach colony~Madagaskan Hissing cockroach colony~King/Superworm colony~Mealworm colony~Rats~Mice

  • #2
    it is terrible how so many people just seem to forget about their reptiles and let them suffer. I'm glad you saved the poor guy.

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    • #3
      I'm glad you took him in, but...always, always quarantine!
      Boston Terrier 1.0, Stetson R.I.P. 8/15/2015.
      Rough Collie (rescued) 1.0, Teddy
      Crested Geckos 9.11.12
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      • #4
        Normally, I do. But the vet said that socialization would help the aggression and mistrust issues get resolved and would be a healthy change for the poor guy.... Not to mention trust by example... She gave him a clean bill of health, so, i figured since the physical needs were attended, it was important for mental and emotional to also be met ASAP as well. Everyone is doing exceptionally well. Here's some photos!!

        1. what he WAS in
        2. three makes a crew
        3. Good Morning, Eats???
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        PLATO- Iguana Iguana~ SHIN (F) & IGGY(M)- Pogona Agaminae~BB, BEAUTY, ECHO, BLAZE, LUNAR, SOLAR, HIRO, HERCULES & LADY CHANTILLY- Correlophus Ciliatus

        Dubia roach colony~Madagaskan Hissing cockroach colony~King/Superworm colony~Mealworm colony~Rats~Mice

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        • #5
          Did you get faecals done on him too then?

          Are you housing two males together with one female?
          Abronia ~ Hemidactylus ~ Hemitheconyx ~ Holaspis ~ Paroedura ~ Phelsuma ~ Tribolonotus ~ Tropidophorus ~ Tropiocolotes

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          • #6
            Yup. Fecals too. Those should be in in a couple of days. and i have him in with my female and subadult male that will be housed separately soon. There have been no signs of undue aggression or territory issues other than them laying on one another vying for the prime basking spot.
            PLATO- Iguana Iguana~ SHIN (F) & IGGY(M)- Pogona Agaminae~BB, BEAUTY, ECHO, BLAZE, LUNAR, SOLAR, HIRO, HERCULES & LADY CHANTILLY- Correlophus Ciliatus

            Dubia roach colony~Madagaskan Hissing cockroach colony~King/Superworm colony~Mealworm colony~Rats~Mice

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            • #7
              Putting an animal straight in with others without quarantine or faecal results is risky for all animals involved. For the sake of a few days without company (which they don't need) it seems unnecessary. Housing males and females together will inevitably cause breeding, are you ready for all that? And separating if required?
              Abronia ~ Hemidactylus ~ Hemitheconyx ~ Holaspis ~ Paroedura ~ Phelsuma ~ Tribolonotus ~ Tropidophorus ~ Tropiocolotes

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              • #8
                I agree- even if the vet says he needs socializing, he needs to be quarantined. He can die and kill the other two. Never house a ma,e and female together. They will breed, and even if you're ready for eggs, the male is so brand new and might have an unknown health issue and really shouldn't be bred for at least 3 months after having him. Now, I don't know much about beardies (I have had three before, but one was long before the other two and the other two were male and female, not the same sex) but you have two males together?
                .1.DOG Jiggles
                1.1.CRESTED GECKO Phantom & Lovely
                .1.YBST Cloveth
                .1.MINIPIG Judy(food&belly rub is kinda apig deal)
                1..RAT CoconutRatMinneapolis RIP
                1.0.2COCKATIELS

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                • #9
                  I did rush things a tiny bit I'll take him out and quarantine him for a couple of weeks...or at least till the fecals come through.... The vet said that having Blackbeard in with iggy wouldn't pose an issue if there were no signs of aggression within 24 hrs since iggy is a sub adult.
                  PLATO- Iguana Iguana~ SHIN (F) & IGGY(M)- Pogona Agaminae~BB, BEAUTY, ECHO, BLAZE, LUNAR, SOLAR, HIRO, HERCULES & LADY CHANTILLY- Correlophus Ciliatus

                  Dubia roach colony~Madagaskan Hissing cockroach colony~King/Superworm colony~Mealworm colony~Rats~Mice

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                  • #10
                    Separation is best. But, don't blame yourself. All you did was save the little boy. Thank you btw. But, they are both males, it doesn't really matter if one is sub adult or not.
                    .1.DOG Jiggles
                    1.1.CRESTED GECKO Phantom & Lovely
                    .1.YBST Cloveth
                    .1.MINIPIG Judy(food&belly rub is kinda apig deal)
                    1..RAT CoconutRatMinneapolis RIP
                    1.0.2COCKATIELS

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                    • #11
                      Putting the animals in together without having the faecal results kind of makes defeats the point. By the time you have got the results, any nasties could easily have spread to your other two (or the other way round if they have not been tested). Did you use 3 days worth it faeces? It's not just parasites to think about but things like adenovirus which cannot be diagnosed through faecals.

                      I'm not sure about the state of beardies over there, but here selling normal beardies is extremely difficult due to the sheer amount of them.

                      If your vet had recommended them be all put together, it would make no difference to me that the babies are vet checked. It seems completely irresponsible to me.
                      Abronia ~ Hemidactylus ~ Hemitheconyx ~ Holaspis ~ Paroedura ~ Phelsuma ~ Tribolonotus ~ Tropidophorus ~ Tropiocolotes

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