And Zeena Was A Man....

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And Zeena Was A Man....

Postby StumpysOwner » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:24 pm

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Well, this whole story started a couple months back. On CL Seattle, I saw that someone was selling an orange female beardie. I, of course, was curious and wanted to talk to her about it. This was right after I had rescued Stumpy. Through our conversations, she decided that the thought of giving Zeena up for adoption was just too much to handle. She and her 5 year old daughter had grown very attached to the little monster and they wanted to make things work. She was feeling over-whelmed with all her reptiles. So I wished her luck and told her that if she ever needed to find her baby girl a home, please, keep Ed and I in mind.

Well.. about 2 weeks ago, I got an eMail from her saying she needed to find Zeena a new home because she just cannot handle all the snakes, lizards, dogs and her kid at the same time. Totally understandable. I told her I would be more then happy to adopt Zeena into our home. I was so excited to finally have a female as Gaper and Stumpy are testosterone charged boys :shock: I told her the only problem was that I wouldn't be able to pick Zeena up for approx. 2 weeks. She said it wasn't a big deal. I *could* have made the 3.5 hour trek just for Zeena but we already had appointments at UW Hospital for my fiance so I figured why not make it a full day.

So Yesterday comes, we go to our appointments, get something to eat, fart around in Seattle and then make our way down to Tacoma to pick Zeena up. We arrive at Tabbitha's (old owner) house and I instantly see Zeena's 40g Breeder tank about 6 inches off the floor on a wood shelf. She was just laying there, lifeless almost, with no UV on her and a plain 100w household bulb with no top on to hold the heat on. Instantly, I start thinking the worse..i.e. that I agreed to take in another sick dragon.

So I go over, get on my knees and say hi to Zeena. I am NOT conceptual AT ALL so the tank looked huge to me and then Zeena looked teeny to me but when Tabbitha picked Zeena up and handed her to me, I was shocked. I had never seen a dragon, that close and personal that was that big. My eyes got wide and then Zeena looked up at me, yawned and I swear, I fell in love right then and there. It was like she KNEW what heart strings to pull, you know?

So Ed and I are talking to Tab and getting some history. Zeena is approx. 4 - 5 years of age, has always been kept on sand and always hand fed about 10 supers a day. She gets a bath whenever Tab remembers which is almost never and gets some greens thrown in her tank every couple of days and are allowed to sit in there overnight to get crispy. Zeena does like pinkies and has eaten 3 or 4 since being with Tab for this last year. She poops about every 3 to 4 days and hasn't ever really had any health problems that Tabbitha new of. As we were talking, I noticed that Zeena was black bearding one of the snakes. I then flipped her over and I discovered that Zeena wasn't a she but a he. We all had a really good laugh about that. Then we also heard Tab's 5 year old daughter refer to Zeena as "God-Zeena" so the name has sorta stuck and that is his new name.

So after two hours of holdin 11 various snakes, chatting and laughing, Ed, myself and Zeena were on our way home. The 3.5 hour car ride home was completely uneventful. Zeena snuggled up in my red fleece sweatshirt and slept the entire time home, except for when we went into McDonalds with him and he became the star of the store! Everyone fell in love. We got home and promptly put God Zeena in the bath. I was utterly horrified to what happened next! God Zeena pooped and I kid you not, the urates were the size of a small candy bar. They were probably 2 to 2.5 inches long and about the same in WIDTH! The poor baby was struggling so hard to get everything out, I felt so bad for him. It was a good thing I massaged his bowels to help him a little bit before. The urates were hard as a ROCK. It was terrible. Just to be on the safe side, we're going to take a fecal into the vet in about 10 days or so.

God-Zeena is in his viv, hanging out and enjoying some proper temps for once. He has eaten about 4 or 5 supers today and Tab told us that he normally eats about 10 or 12 in a day. He has HORRIBLE aim for catching supers. It takes him about 10 - 12 tries to get a super in his mouth, it's really funny but sad at the same time to watch, you know? We took him outside today to bask and he ran around and got lots of sun for about an hour. He LOVES to snuggle with people. Last night, after his bath, he laid on Ed's chest for over an hour while Ed laid down and watched TV. He even kind of likes Gaper. I obviously would never leave them alone together but they both seem to be pretty curious about each other. Stumpy wanted to kill him :shock: :roll: :oops:

My Mom, who doesn't like to hold the beardies AT ALL, even WILLINGLY went into God-Zeena's viv today and picked him up on all her own. She is totally in love with him. She keeps telling me all day how much she loves the lizards.

Soooo.. Without Further Adieu.. Let Me Introduce The 3rd Beardie Member To Our Family.. God-Zeena!

Length: Almost 22 inches
Weight: 576 grams

Before God-Zeena came home with us:

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After being with us:

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Postby madrush » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:59 pm

OMG I think Tat and Mike finally have a rival!!! :lol:
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Postby Jasper's Mom » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:21 pm

Whoa... that is one big ***** beardie! :shock:

I'm happy Zeena has come to live with you, Caitlin. But if we don't hear from you online for a few days, we'll have to assume that he has eaten you and Ed! I love his orange beard... good lookin' beardie you got there. :D
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Postby StumpysOwner » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:57 pm

Jasper's Mom wrote:Whoa... that is one big ***** beardie! :shock:

I'm happy Zeena has come to live with you, Caitlin. But if we don't hear from you online for a few days, we'll have to assume that he has eaten you and Ed! I love his orange beard... good lookin' beardie you got there. :D


ROTFL! :laughhard: :laughhard: :laughhard: Oh man, I about died when I read that. He is a big boy, there is no denying that! He is the biggest baby I have ever met though. He is suuuuch a sweetheart. He doesn't even black beard Gaper who likes to sit on his back :shock:

If you look under Photo Expressions, you'll see some SUPER cute bath time pictures! :love5:
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Postby momofonebeardie » Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:12 am

Congrats on the new addition. He is a very good looking beardie. He is huge. I bet it was a shocker when you held him for the first time. A lot heaveir than Gaper huh? When we got Abe a few days ago he was huge compared to Fluffy.
He looks a lot happier now. Keep us updated on hiow he is doing..
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Postby CycloneHWT » Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:11 pm

very nice dragon, just one question...are those bumps on his mouth always there? sometimes that is a sign of mouthrot, so I might ask the vet about that when you get him in for that fecal......

other than that, very pretty boy you have there and all the luck in the world to you
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Postby StumpysOwner » Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:51 pm

CycloneHWT wrote:very nice dragon, just one question...are those bumps on his mouth always there? sometimes that is a sign of mouthrot, so I might ask the vet about that when you get him in for that fecal......


I'm not sure which bumps you are refering to. His mouth looks fabulous inside. That was one of the first things I checked since Stumpy was suffering from a small case of mouth rot when we rescued him. GodZeena's mouth looks 1,000x better then Stumpy's ever has. Would you mind maybe trying to elaborate more on the bumps?

momofonebeardie -- When I held Zeena for the first time, I seriously went :shock: I could not freakin believe it! I held Gaper last night and then held Zeena and man, there is such a difference. I cannot get over how small Gaper really is. I thought he was big. LOL.. Ed and I joke that we now have small, medium and large. Gaper being small, Stumpy being medium and Zeena being large.

If you look in the Photo Expressions forum, you'll see some pictures to compare the size between Gaper and GodZeena. They took a bath together last night.. it was the most adorable thing I have ever seen. Ed and I just kept going :love5: :love5: :mrgreen:
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Postby barti1 » Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:55 am

OMG I think Tat and Mike finally have a rival!!! Laughing



I haveto agree, I think tat, and mike are up for a big fight :lol:


Backround: *eat mike eat! Your almost there!* :lol:


Do you know how much she weighs????? She's HUGE!
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Postby StumpysOwner » Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:05 pm

barti1 wrote:Do you know how much she weighs????? She's HUGE!


LOL He is almost 22 inches long and approx. 574 grams.
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Postby barti1 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:10 am

WOW!!! I wish mine were that big :lol: I'm just curious what in the world did she feed him!! :lol:
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