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  1. Beertruck

    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello all! Apologies to the members and staff if this post is in the wrong section. Its one of my first one's and wasn't sure about where t put it.
    Anyway, I checked out this pet shop in L.A. a few months ago and they had a good amount of dragons in stock. There were a couple that "didn't look like the others" and I inquired about them. Turns out the shop had rescued them. They were abandoned and were rehabilitating them. I inquired about one in particular, and they told me he would be available once the rehab was done, and I left my phone number with them to call me when he's ok.
    A few weeks later I got a call, and the shop owner asking if I would want to continue his rehab, and was willing to give him to me for free, along with another rescue that needed a home. Unfortunately I had room for only one, and couldn't take the second one. My girlfriend and I went to pick him up the day after I got the call, and took him to his new home. He was a dark red, like a fire morf, his tail was way darker then the rest of him, and had some really nice patterns on him. He and I bonded right away. He was also very thin, and spastic. He had a black mark on the lower part of the front of his mouth from rubbing against the enclosed constantly from being stressed. Once we got him home, I fed him immediately. He was thin and attacked a dandelion green I put in front of him. I mean ATTACKED! Anyone ever see a dragon literally attack a green? I never have.
    He was very hungry and I gave him salad, along with a bunch of Dubais and worms I picked up at the pet shop. I thought what I got him that day would last a couple of days, but it only lasted that one day, and I had to act quick and get more, lots more!
    Anyway, that was about 5-6 weeks ago and he just finished fully shedding tonight, and I could not believe it when I looked at him. I took a few pics and wanted to post them here for all to see.
    He looks like a completely different dragon. and is doing amazingly well. I think he's part tiger and has blue bars.
    So that's the story of my little buddy Chad.
    **Please pardon the post shed mess in the cage, tomorrow is cleaning day.

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    Thank you for rescuing the little guy--- what kind of set up do you have for him? Can you post pics of his tank and lighting please so we can help you w/ your set up--- lighting is the most crucial thing for them to be healthy--- and it plays a huge role in their behavior and digestion -- I see he has reptile carpet -- I can give you some tips on substrate --- its easier to clean and cheap--- here is a website for nutrition--

    http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
    kaylyn
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    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Thank you so much Kaylnangel! I'll grab a pic after I clean out his enclosure tomorrow.
    He's in a. 36x18x15 custom built enclosure. 24" Reptisun 10.0 (I change all my Reptisuns every 6 months), Repticarpet on the floor (looking to change that to tile soon), ceramic heat emitter for basking, his temperatures and heat gradience are 110 on one side, down to 80 on the other side. I give him salads twice a day, and Dubias, Supers at night with some waxworks and hornworms thrown in when available, all dusted with calcium powder every few days, Weekly enclosure cleanings and weekly baths as well.
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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    A CHE is not good for basking --- only to keep temps in the tank 65 or above at nite------ you need a good white bright basking bulb --- like a Exo Terra basking bulb example ---- no off white yellow bulbs -- etc --- bright white -- its trial and error for temps --- I hope your feeding his worms 2 hrs prior to lights out? They need time to digest and sit under the basking bulb-- good on the UVB ---- he should be a happy camper w/ the good lighting and good feeding ---
    kaylyn
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    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Never heard about the CME not being good for basking.
    Heres a few shots of Chad in his freshly spruced up enclosure. He's looking so amazing, and his progress is excellent!
    The shop I got him from did such a great thing taking this abandoned dragon in and rehabilitating him.

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    I would get another platform for him to be able to sit under his basking bulb--- and make sure you take basking temps when you get that platform under it --- temps are best taken w/ a infrared heat gun -- they are the most accurate for temps---- and can be purchased at Walmart Home Depot or Lowes for around $10---- the tank looks small for him -- hope you plan on upgrading to a larger tank --- what is recommended is a 75-120 gallon tank w/ doors that open from the front-- [​IMG] -- here is a pic of Hiccups tank
    kaylyn
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    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    I disagree but thanx for your input.
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    Birdey Hatchling Dragon

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    Hi,
    Honestly I think you are doing a great job with your BD there. He looks great! Good body condition, bright colors, very happy! I’m glad that he has you for an owner, and I know he’s glad too! Have a great day!!
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    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Thank you so much Birdey! I actually stopped by the store that gave him to me and showed them pics of his progress on my way home from work tonight. They didn't even recognize him. He was so neglected when I got him, and I do sincerely regret not taking pics of him when I got him and charting his weight and growth.
    But the main thing is he seems fine now and is an amazing animal!
    Thanx again!
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    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    He's looking better and better

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    Birdey Hatchling Dragon

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    He’s got very bright colors!
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    Beertruck Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Yes, he does! It was a huge surprise when he shed and I saw his colors. When I got him, he was dark red, to the point that I thought he was a red phase. It turns out he was so neglected, the dark color was a shed that hadn't finish the shedding process (if thats the correct terminology) and once I got him under the proper UVB bulb, heat, sufficient food and vitamins/calcium, he started to thrive.
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