Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

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Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby SwervesBar » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:18 am

Hello!!!

I'm obviously a hatchling around the beardie community, and yesterday I brought a 6 mo boy home with me! My first dragon! Originally I was planning on getting one near the end of the week but.... he was too cute.

So, currently just, Beardie; He's a red AM Leatherback with way too much Zoom and curiosity! Love it! He loves soft blankets, he loves to poop on soft blankets, and he's a snuggly people person!

Here are some pics!
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He has a 75 gallon tank downstairs that my dad and brother will be moving to my room tonight, seeing as everyone was too sore last night. So that means he currently has sort of free roam of my room. He gets so distracted by everything that I have to keep tossing him under his lamp.

My only concern is that he has these droopy looking eyes? Whenever I see drooping eyes I see something wrong... but he's very energetic, he had a large gross poop on my bed that was really firm. It had a pluck of orange in it? But i'm not seeing anything on that. Otherwise- he acts like a healthy 2yo!
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby KevinsMom33 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:46 am

Congratulations !!
He’s very handsome - I like how you capitalized Zoom - that’s an interesting name if I can suggest ...
About his eyes - they actually look fine in the pix - if you mean that he’s closing his eyes while he’s chilln’ that’s normal - they just close their eyes sometimes and it looks like they’re sleeping but they’re “resting” ... catching a breathe kind of thing.
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby SwervesBar » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:52 pm

KevinsMom33 wrote:Congratulations !!
He’s very handsome - I like how you capitalized Zoom - that’s an interesting name if I can suggest ...
About his eyes - they actually look fine in the pix - if you mean that he’s closing his eyes while he’s chilln’ that’s normal - they just close their eyes sometimes and it looks like they’re sleeping but they’re “resting” ... catching a breathe kind of thing.


AH! Zoom is a good name!!! I have 4 people calling him 4 different things right now lol, guess we'll see what sticks the best!

And his eyes really look funny to me, I pointed that out to my friend who has had beardies for a long time and he said he looks dehydrated. The only problem is that I can't get him to drink anything, and he isn't very excited about fruits. Have any suggestions?

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Other than that I'd say he's pretty darn spoiled!
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby Livvie » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:35 pm

He's beautiful! Kind of looks like my SweetPea. If there's a pluck of orange in his poop, then he is definitely dehydrated. You can help him rehydrate by giving him baths. Or misting him with water from a spray bottle. Or combining both, give him a bath one day and maybe mist him the next? I've learned about bathing them and dehydration from different forums on here. You can pretty much find any info you need from our wonderful, fellow beardie parents here. Good luck!
P.s. have you tried kiwi fruit? My SweetPea loves them and they're a good source for hydration.😊
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby MarlowAndMe » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:30 pm

Just wanted to say Tamales is a great name for him! You should let that nickname stick!
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby KevinsMom33 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:10 am

Neither of mine will drink from standing water - actually they don’t like to drink at all... sometimes I use an eye dropper (with smart water) but most of the times I just bathe them every other day or so, Kevin will sometimes drink the water.
So yes - definitely bathing and soyaying with water will help.
Don’t worry too much about the fruits - veggies have lots of moisture too. Butternut squash is a favorite. Zucchini also.
Both Kevin and Nona LOVE raspberries - omg - they should only be a once a week treat though.
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby Deabrua » Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:52 am

My baby commonly eats her greens and sips water whether still or otherwise. I think it honestly has to do with how their raised the first couple months since everyone I've seen had issues with babies eating greens and any drink of water. First thing I notice with mine getting dehydrated, which tends to occur if her water hasn't been replaced in >2 days, is her sides become a tiny bit wrinkly. Before anyone gets on me about >2 day water replacements, I usually do it every other day. Sooner if her bowl isn't clean. Often times all it needs is a little refill on the second day. If it goes till the third day it's because of my work hours and her second care taker not doing a proper job :?
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby KevinsMom33 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:38 pm

They definitely have mind if their own and each has their own different likes. One minute Kevin loves mustard greens next day he won’t touch them and I have to scramble to find out what he’ll like. Right now he likes collards, last week it was endive ...
Nona used to eat as many Dubai’s as she could in 2 minutes flat - now, she doesn’t want any - turn her nose up ... (of course this is after I buy 500) ... but put a raspberry in front of either of them and it’s game on!
But neither will touch water in the tank.
Kevin technically likes showers over baths .... he loves sitting in the sink with warm water flowing in him and me using a soft toothbrush to scratch him. He loves it.
Nona we’re working on - she really hates water. Drinking it I have to use an eye dropper - getting baths she squirms and tries to run out (now that she can run) but she ok getting spritz’d.
Definitely each is an individual.
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby SwervesBar » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:55 pm

OHMYGOODNESS!!!

I'm so happy to see so many people actively replying and offering any sort of tidbits of advice and information! Ig makes me feel so much better to know that each Beardie is different and, honesly, I feel quite a bit less stressed.

So a little update- I decided to name him Pancake!!!!
It sounds ridiculous but everytime he flops on his log it really reminds me of a pancake. Everyone is still calling him whatever they want lol.
Also, Today he had his first normal hydrated poop!!! No orange present!!! And, (unfortunately for my urge to be lazy) he's very active and interested in his surroundings.

Thank you all so much for your help! I took all of your suggestions and tried everything, he doesn't drink anything, at all. So i misted his greens and lured him into eating some, and have soaked him for 10-20 minutes. Now that he's okay I'll bathe him every other day!!!

Still figuring out how to get him to find interest in a nice salad and how many roaches a day he needs to eat, but we're grtting there!

I send my love to all your special scaly babies and hope you had a relaxing vacation over the holidays!!!!
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby KevinsMom33 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:59 pm

I love PANCAKE!!! It’s Fabulous.
You guys will work out a routine and it’s obvious you want to do right by him.
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby Deabrua » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:11 pm

cuuuuuttteeeeneeeeessssss
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby SwervesBar » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:24 am

KevinsMom33 wrote:I love PANCAKE!!! It’s Fabulous.
You guys will work out a routine and it’s obvious you want to do right by him.
Kevin says hey !



OHMYGOODNESS!!!!!!

Kevin is such a gorgeous boy!!!! Eep! I showed my mom and she loves him!

Hopefully one day Pancake will be as big and beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing your beardie blessing !!! X3
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Re: Red Beard aka Hot Tamales Aka Unnamed yet

Postby KevinsMom33 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:15 am

aww - you’re sweet. Kevin is a rather large boy. With a huge personality.
I’m sure Pancake will be big and strong before you know it! Dragon cuddles are the best. I have a friend that actually comes over when she’s stressed for Kevin cuddle time.
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