well, it turns out caspi didn't break his toe, he only dislocated it. there is nothing we can do and hopefully the swelling in the joints will reduce as he grows older. but, caspi is a trooper. he woke up the next morning and said, "hey, if I'm going to live with messed up feet, I might as well become a ballet dancer!" I can see his new career is off to a good start, he has already learned "7th position"...plie, and chomp! plie and chomp!
chronicles of a baby bearded dragon
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Friday, October 15, 2004
well, it looks like caspi's olympic high jump career is over. I believe he has somehow broken his toe. He's going to the vet on monday to be checked out, but in the meantime I tried to splint his toe with a match and masking tape. This failed miserably and just made him irritated. I'm not sure whether the vet can do anything, I don't think they make beardie casts or splints, but hopefully it will repair itself. so so sad, because it is really painful for him when I fiddle with it. I hope it doesn't end his jumping career, but since he probably broke it jumping, maybe that isn't so bad after all.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Friday, August 13, 2004
Caspi the leaping lizard...
I thought since Caspi was getting so big, he might be ready to explore a little outside his cage.
I set up my desk with all my things around to create a "safe" area to explore. First, he sat there, looking around [obviously judging distance].
then he took a poop on the cloth I had laid down for him. After that, he ran to my laptop and left the rest of his poop on the "A" button of the keyboard [yuck! grab the disinfectant!].
And then whallah! He leaps OVER the laptop, 3 feet over! then he fell 3 feet down, down, down to the carpeted floor in the corner.
I absolutely freaked out and thought he must have hurt himself, but he was okay. I think he was a little shocked, but maybe he thought it was fun, like a roller coaster ride. when I picked him up and put him back in his tank, he looked a little disappointed, like saying "Aawww, mom...that was fun! can I do it again???"
I can't trust him not to do this kind of stunt again, so I'm trying to figure out how to set up a beardie play pen. I want him to explore and get exercise, but this kind of leaping is too freaky for me to handle. He's faster than lightening!
He's also beginning to munch on his salads...I'm so proud I don't have to worry about him starving if he doesn't get his afternoon crix because I'm away for some reason.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
its salad extravaganza time!
yes! victory for the baby! today he actually went up to his salad at 3:00pm and ate some...on his own accord!
just goes to show you that positive reinforcement is best...a little hand feeding for a couple of weeks in the morning, and whallah! they come around and eat their salads on their own.
no need to starve babies...
Caspi's fecal is NEGATIVE!
I was so worried after the bonnie and clyde fiasco that the breeder had a chronic problem.
I was happy I got him at 3 weeks old, I figured that if there were any parasites, they would have been transmitted in vitro.
but there isn't a parasite in sight!
I didn't have any signs that there were problems, but it is always a good idea to do the exam to be sure.
I'm meeting with the vet tomorrow to discuss other issues: ie. that the breeder told me to withhold crickets from my baby until he eats his salad. since the vet and the breeder are on good terms, I'm hoping he can tell them nicely that...
this is BAD ADVICE -- you never, ever withhold food from a growing baby. baby beardies need to eat 90% meat (crickets) and 10% veggies. when they get to be adults, it becomes 90% veggies and 10% meat.
no wonder the first babies (bonnie and clyde) were sick and all of them had suffered from mutilation. this is what they do when they are starving. they will not simply break down and eat their salad.
the most ridiculous part of the whole thing is that the lady said, "its like you have a 2 year old that just wants to eat ice cream and won't eat his food."
first of all, crickets are not equal to ice cream. crickets are the most important source of protein for growing beardie babies -- they NEED them. at this age, they are not treats. they need to eat as many as they can for the first few months so they grow big and strong.
the withholding food trick is something you do as a last resort to finicky adults. only an adult dragon can go without eating for a while without suffering major problems.
I simply can't believe that they breed dragons and give out this kind of advice. I've been so depressed about the whole thing for days.
I feel much better now though, knowing that my baby is absolutely healthy.
he is still jumping and running around like a happy, healthy baby. its amazing how quick he can be!