My beardie rescue story

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My beardie rescue story

Postby jenh010112 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:46 am

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Hi everyone! I'm Jen from North FL. I have been a lurker for 3 years with my other beardie. Two days ago, my husband was on his construction site and he sees a bearded dragon running over his clearing. He was shocked, knowing that was extremely unsual. He told another guy what it was and went to go check him out. He was said it looked like someone just dumped him out in the woods. Well, my husband was scared the beardie would be bird food, so sent me a pic and scooped up the beardie into a bucket. He brought him home to me. I fed him, watered him and the beardie curled up and fell right to sleep in a tote box. It was the cutest thing! I named him/her Jack (my other beardie is Max). I was trying to let the beardie rest and get used to things. Yesterday she was wall surfing so bad, that we had to complete her enclosure last night. Even my lab would go to the tote and stare at her and then she would calm down. :roll: I didn't want to handler her too much, I was really just trying to let her chill. Apparently she didn't want to chill. I put her in her new enclosure, she checked out her new digs and then curled up and went to sleep. She looks slightly underweight, but other than that, she looks fine. Very alert, watches your every move. Loves superworms. :D
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Jack - Male - rescued on a construction site March 2016
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby AHBD » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:02 am

Hi Jenn....good thing that someone caring [ your hubby ] spotted her. Sounds like she was either purposely released or possibly escaped from an outdoor enclosure. It does seem that more people are getting rid of exotics in FL. thinking that they will fare for themselves. Do you have pics ? Here's how to post them :
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby jenh010112 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:26 pm

I uploaded a picture. She is a he and not like my female at all. She is very calm, but we've had her for 3 years. My sister had her for 2 years prior.

He is very active. I can handle him, but Jack still doesn't like his reflection. I did put towels on the tank and he does have some bouts of calm. I'm just giving him time.
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Jack - Male - rescued on a construction site March 2016
Penelope - adopted November 2013 - passed away November 2015
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby Rampagingraptor » Tue Mar 15, 2016 5:27 pm

You need to post the picture in this thread for us to see it. Just press the XIMG button when you go to post.
Kinda sad that people do that to animals, both from the perspective from the misplaced animal and the potential damage it might have on the local ecology. Good on you for taking him in!
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby jenh010112 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:25 am

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There we go. I was using my phone and could not figure out XIMG. :P

Anyways. He is so much more active than my female. But I think he's younger than her. His temps are fine, he's eating, pooping, just active. I do handle him everyday. He is starting to recognize me, which is cool. I think he might be a leatherback, but I'm not positive. He's not nearly as spiked and bumpy as my female. I'll have to try and get some good back pictures of him to post.
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Penelope - adopted November 2013 - passed away November 2015
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby jenh010112 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:28 pm

Finally! Today he had a bath and a snuggle. He has sat still for almost 2 hours now. I'm so very thankfully. I feel like he's finally settling into the family. I was getting really worried about him and his reflection.
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Jack - Male - rescued on a construction site March 2016
Penelope - adopted November 2013 - passed away November 2015
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby Rampagingraptor » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:07 pm

Once you let him settle in for a bit (like a week or two), you should try taking him to the vet to make sure everything is alright.
Forgot to mention this earlier, but if you didn't already know, you should try to quarantine your new beardie to make sure the he doesn't accidentally give your other beardies something else. Mae sure you wash everything that you use between them, including your hands.
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby jenh010112 » Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:43 am

Oh yeah. He was quarantined and was making such a ruckus, we had to give him his own enclosure. He's a very active male and my other is a very docile female. They have not been introduced. He goes crazy every time he sees her. He has no visible parasites or in his poo. He seems quite healthy. No damage to toes, tail in tack, very clear/alert eyes. He's calming down already. We have had him a week. Today I'm making him a harness and a bridge for his house. :D
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby SDragons » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:49 pm

He is really cute. That's terrible someone would dump their animal. I'm glad your husband had the forethought to rescue him for the job site to pick him up when he saw him
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby CooperDragon » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:41 am

I'm glad to hear that he found his way to a good home =). It sounds like he's settling in pretty quickly. A week or two is quite normal and in the case of a rescue, can be quick. It has taken my guy a couple of months to settle down and get used to his tank, cut down on the glass dancing, etc. I agree with getting a fecal test and baseline checkup done but it sounds like he's in good shape! It's a shame someone may have given up on such a sweet little guy.
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Re: My beardie rescue story

Postby jenh010112 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:52 am

Jack is turning into a monmas boy. He opens his mouth at my son and husband. They want nothing to do with him. Lol. He'll sit attached to my shoulder while I do my house chores. He literally clings to me when I try to put him down. He is a healthy little booger. Never knew I could fall for a reptile like this. I have to clean his cage. He left me a present. I took him out and he's sitting in the tote watching me eat cereal.
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