Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So maybe I have a Wee bit of a Problem...

Here's the babies- from Left to Right-

T-bear, sulcata; Half Pint, red foot; Lil Foot, red foot; Georgie, leopard; Heidi, sulcata. 

T-bear is 45 grams; Heidi is 860 grams. 

After we got a line up pic, they walked around. 

The sulcatas-- 

The red foots-- 

Like herding cats! 

T-bear is so adorable! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Helpers in my Etsy room

One was cute and soft and one was a brat! But they both made a mess. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Calcium Syrup

I use so much calcium syrup from my vet to rehabilitate reptiles that they finally just bought me my own bottle. :) 

THIS is very good stuff. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Occupational Hazards

I goofed today. I made a mistake and let my guard down while holding an unknown 6 month old Savannah monitor. I let my guard down by looking away from it for a second. 

In that second I looked away, the savvy chomped down on my finger. 

And would not let go for several minutes. 

My vet finally took a pair of metal forceps and forced the monitor's mouth open. I yanked my finger out and it immediately started bleeding. 

 I'll admit it-- I totally cried. It hurt so bad! 

The right side of the finger is where the teeth went the deepest. The bite must have hit one of the tendons in my finger because I have pain radiating down the tendon into my wrist. 

A painful reminder to never look away when you're holding a new reptile. My over-confidence was my undoing. 

Lesson learned. 

And no, it was not Gary Dean. This monitor was 4 times as big. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Growing Babies

This is Georgie and Heidi when I first got them. They were about the same size. Georgie (on left in pic below) is a Leopard tortoise; Heidi (right) is a Sulcata tortoise. 

The picture below was taken April 23, 2015. 

This next pic was taken July 21, 2015. Heidi (on the left) started growing like a weed! 

This next pic was taken August 25, 2015.

The next pic was taken October 22, 2015. 

And then Today, November 14, 2015. 

On July 24th, Heidi weighed 325 grams. 
On Nov 12th, Heidi was 831 grams. 

On July 24th, Georgie was 269 grams. 
On Nov 12th, Georgie was 522 grams. 

They are both growing fast, but Heidi is putting on 200 grams every 2 weeks. 

Update on the Seizure Beardie

He hasn't had another seizure since last night. He did have some tremors last night, but those have stopped too. He got another dose of calcium syrup this morning, and then he spent over an hour in the sunshine for direct UVB. 

Since seems to be doing so well, I think he'll go back home tomorrow. With a new UVB light and better calcium, I don't expect a repeat of his seizures. 

He's so pretty! 

Friday, November 13, 2015


Sometimes low calcium in bearded dragons caused Metabolic Bone Disease where the body robs calcium from the bones, making them weak and rubbery. Sometimes, though, low calcium causes full body seizures that are terrifying to watch. 

Tonight a friend brought me her son's juvenile beardie who had been having seizures for 2 hours. The only way to stop his seizing was through an injection of calcium glubinate (which I have on hand and used to save the life of Yoda). 

I also have him some calcium syrup to help get calcium into his bloodstream quickly too. So far his seizures have stopped though he still has some trembling. His bones are firm and he has no indication of MBD. 

He's in a sick tank with a brand new UVB light. Tomorrow I'll get him in the direct sunshine too for some intensive sun therapy. Hopefully he'll be able to go home by Sunday or Monday. 

There's a couple possibilities for what happened. Baby beardies grow so fast that if they are borderline deficient in calcium, a single growth spurt with sink them into deficiencies. It's possible his UVB light was ineffective and he hasn't metabolized his calcium and it's also possible he needs a different calcium. 

I'll send him home with some vet- grade calcium syrup too. Some dietary changes/additions and a new ZooMed UVB tube and he shouldn't have a seizure repeat. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Girl, rescue 107

I picked up this 4 year old female yesterday. She was in better shape than I feared. 

Today I took her to my vet who was puzzled by her. She appears to have no perception of her limbs and where they arare at. Her legs and arms flap around when she's moving (sometimes even going backwards). 

There appears to be some sort of neurological damage that is preventing her from having total limb control. 

Because we have no history on her, I'll have to watch her for awhile to see if her problems are really impacting her quality of life. 

She does eat great and doesn't have any problems catching her food. She's underweight, but I can get her fattened up quickly. 

I'm still trying to think of a name for her. Would it be rude to call her Gumby? ;) 


Gary Dean started eating pinkie mice last week! He's eaten 3 so far and is pooping normally. 


                (Glass on tank is dirty) 

He comes out of his hide more and us more active. I think we are on the upswing. With the second Calcitonin shot last week, he should be able to recover from his MBD quickly. 

I expect that his spine and legs will always be crooked and a bit wonky. It will be interesting to see if he is able to grow to full size (around 3 ft long including tail). 

Sunday, November 8, 2015