It's been almost 2 years!!!

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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby traildrifterphalanx » Tue May 02, 2017 10:05 am

smackey2 wrote:Hm. I looked on Amazon before I ordered the camo one. I am surprised I didn't see it.
Looks pretty awesome, though.


If you ever need another or wanted a change, this is what Richter (my youngest) just got:
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Plax-Reptol ... on+hammock
and the bridge
https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Plax-Reptol ... JK029TMHQS

They don't hold heat well but they like climbing around on 'em
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Tue May 02, 2017 10:17 am

Thanks! I made sure to bookmark them just in case, that way I can't forget.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Tue May 02, 2017 11:15 am

Afternoon snuggles. She always seems to snuggle down into my shirts. :)
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby traildrifterphalanx » Tue May 02, 2017 11:19 am

She's such a little sweetie :)
I miss being able to snuggle them midday without them slapping me trying to get into the bay window. They know the window is right there and want it more
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Tue May 02, 2017 11:27 am

Thank you. ^-^ It didn't take long for her to grow on me though. She loves cuddles and likes to run back and forth or scratch at the side of the glass where my computer desk is until I take her out. She is her own little dragon and by far the sweetest reptile I have ever owned. (2 leopard geckos and a yellow albino python, years ago.) They weren't much for cuddles. Haha.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby SHBailey » Wed May 03, 2017 10:11 am

Most beardies seem to be all about heat and light, so windows are a thing. When mine gets tired of cuddling, he usually tries to get to the nearest heat lamp or window.

My snake likes to crawl up my sleeve and make himself comfy under my shirt. I suppose that's his idea of cuddling, or at least finding himself a nice warm dark place to hide.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Wed May 03, 2017 12:23 pm

Spike is definitely a nosy dragon. If the neighborhood kids are outside and she can see them from the window, she is all about it. Or even if the neighbor's dog is outside, she has to see. Sometimes I think she just KNOWS when something is outside the window and is a better watch dragon than my dogs are watch dogs. Haha.


On the plus side, my mom just came to the house. She said she couldn't take all the 'cute' pictures I keep putting on FB of my lizard. She told me that the pictures make Spike look so huge. I am surprised she even gave her back to me! I am sure if I would of let her, she would of taken Spike home with her!
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby SHBailey » Thu May 04, 2017 8:21 am

At least you know Spike is well loved, even by her "grandmother". Your little signature picture at the bottom of you posts is especially cute and pretty, too.

BTW, we have "curtains" on some of our windows (actually bedsheets -- quick and easy and usually cheaper -- open up the edges of the hem, slip the curtain rod through, and you're good to go, except for maybe needing to cut it and hem it to the right length). They let a lot of light through while still being opaque enough for privacy, so our bearded dragon will go over and put his nose up to the curtain, but when I open it up so he can see what's going on out there, it seems to get him a little agitated. Apparently there are too many strange scary things going on outside compared to what he's used to in the house with only two adult humans and one other reptile which he hardly ever sees and is never allowed to interact with. We older humans and middle-aged bearded dragons (and snakes) tend to like our peace and quiet and privacy, except for my husband, who hates to be indoors on a nice summer day.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Mon May 08, 2017 4:55 pm

She is quite loved, that is for sure.
And thank you. That is the picture I took of her after she refused to give back one of my dish rags. I had her in my hand when I went to set her food bowl in the sink to be washed and she went for the rag. She even puffed up at me when I tried to get her off of it. Needless to say, after I washed it, it became her first 'blankie'. She won. :p

Spike bypasses the curtains. Haha. Especially if she is in my room, lounging on the bed, she makes a beeline to the window and under the curtain, chilling in the window sill. She moves so darn quick and is so small, if I wasn't watching closely, I wouldn't have a clue where she went. You can barely tell she is behind the curtain. :)

Our house is noisy. Two kids, 3 and 7, both boys- constantly running around and wrestling with each other; Two dogs who love nothing more than to run and romp with the kiddos; and then a pretty darn big hubby who makes most people look like small fries when next to him.
Spike is always at the edge of her tank, watching everyone closely. I am pretty sure she knows everything that goes on in the house. Haha. She reminds me of the nosy, little old lady who always likes to peek out her curtains to see what the neighbors are doing.

Plus, her tank is adjacent to the window. My computer desk is right beside her and in front of the window. I love pulling the curtain to let the sunshine in while I am working. Spike sits perched on her log, peeking from the corner of her tank, watching.


On a different note:
April 18th: 21 grams
April 25th: 26 grams
May 2nd: 33 grams
May 8th: 36 grams

I have absolutely no idea what her weight was when I got her on March 26th, but she definitely has a nice, chubby little tummy now. :) She is slightly over 9 inches now, but honestly looks like she has doubled in size, just not length wise.

This picture doesn't do her chubby belly justice, Haha.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby SHBailey » Tue May 09, 2017 9:31 am

Well, it's a very pretty dish rag that goes well with her colors. Maybe that's why she claimed it? :mrgreen:

With her small size (so far -- she's growing nicely), her tendency to dart around, and the boys and the dogs in the house, I hope you will be able to watch her very carefully when she's out of her enclosure. Sound like she could easily get lost, stepped on, or injured in a fall or some other way. :shock: Just saying -- I know you'd feel awful if something like that happened, and you're probably doing your best to make sure she stays safe.

I'd probably go nuts if I had that many bouncy boys and dogs in my house. In fact, I once lived with my sister and my 3 teenage nephews for several weeks and I almost did go nuts... That was over 20 years ago -- they're mostly all grown up now, one of them with a house full of kids and pets of his own.

And pardon me for getting mathematical, but every increase in length counts for an increase in volume and possibly mass by up to a factor cubed (if a bearded dragon were a sphere), because they grow in all three dimensions, not just length. So your beardie probably has at least doubled in size since you got her. (21 grams - just 3 grams = 18 grams and 18 grams x 2 = 36 grams) :)

Our beardie's tank is in the living room with the computers and the largest windows in the house too. When the blinds are open he can see out the window from his tank, but usually seems more interested in what's going on inside the house. In the bedroom from the bed the window is closer than what he's used to and the sheet/curtains are usually closed, and I only let him hang out by the window in the summer because in the winter the glass gets really cold. We had our house "weatherized" but you can only do so much with an old house and this is Alaska... :roll:
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Tue May 09, 2017 10:01 am

That is very possible. Haha. She goes to bed every night with her 'blankie'.

I am very careful with her. I keep a locked screen top on her tank just for that reason. My youngest liked to stick his hands in her tank a little too often when I wasn't at my desk. >.< Children. He never hurt her or anything, but did stress her out a bit.
Spike is NEVER aloud out in the house. Never. The only time she is aloud out is when she is in my room with me and the hubby, the door is closed, the dogs are up for the night, and the kids are already asleep. Unless it is feeding time, but she is still always in my room with the door closed so there aren't any intruders- dogs or kids. Or, if the sun is shining through my bedroom window and it is too cold to take her outside, she sits on a pillow in my bedroom window sill while I, or me and the hubby, depending on if he is home, relaxes and watches some Netflix or amazon prime.

Oh trust me, there are plenty of times where I think I am going to go crazy. The kids chase one another, the dogs chase them, the kids chase the dogs.... sounds like a herd of cows making a stampede through my house sometimes. But, I wouldn't have it any other way... quiet means they are up to something they shouldn't be...kids AND dogs. Haha.

I couldn't imagine living in Alaska... I DO NOT like the cold and REALLY do not like when it snows where I am, so yeah.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby SHBailey » Tue May 09, 2017 1:13 pm

It sounds like you are taking VERY good care of Spike. :)

Alaskan winters are overrated. You just stay indoors with the heat on and no big deal. There is this weird disease that lots of people get called "cabin fever", but it doesn't last forever. The summers are very beautiful but very short, and this is the time of year when all the trees leaf out almost overnight and start photosynthesizing all over the place and packing away their sugars for the winter because they know they haven't got very long to do it.

Snow is beautiful just as long as I don't have to go out in it. Out the window, sitting in front of the heater with a cup of hot chocolate, yeah.

Also the time of year when it gets very hard to get the beardie to settle down at bedtime. "But mom, I don't want to go to sleep -- the sun is still up!"
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Tue May 09, 2017 3:37 pm

Thank you. :)
I am definitely over protective of her, that is for sure.

I hate going anywhere unless I absolutely have to. I am not much of a people person nor am I all that sociable unless it is someone or people I have known for quite a while. I am quite content staying indoors with my animals, kids, and playing some WoW. I don't think I would ever have 'cabin fever' but I suppose anything is possible.

I love looking at the snow and think it is quite beautiful as well, just as long as I don't have to be outside in it. When I was younger, I wouldn't of had a problem, but I seem to be getting 'picky' in my 'old age' as my kids remind me. Both my boys love the snow and would turn into popsicles if I didn't make them come inside.
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby smackey2 » Tue May 09, 2017 4:06 pm

Just something that I feel good about now:
A co-worker I used to work with became my best friend. We worked together for almost 2 years. To this day she is still my best friend and we talk constantly. Well, a package came for her today at my mailbox and she stopped to pick it up. (her and her family used to live here until they bought their new house and we took this one over.)
She is highly scared of reptiles, mostly snakes, but we live in West Virginia so we definitely don't have any wild lizards running around. I post pictures of Spike on my facebook and she is always commenting about how cute they are. Surprisingly, she asked if I could bring her outside. I did. Not only did she pet Spike, but even held her. She couldn't get over how 'cute' and 'friendly' Spike was.
I know, Spike isn't like a snake and honestly isn't anything to be scared of, but to her, that was a huge step and I am glad that I was able to give that experience to her. :)
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Re: It's been a month!!

Postby SHBailey » Wed May 10, 2017 7:10 am

So Spike gets to be a "good will ambassador" for people who are squeamish about reptiles. :D

Reminds me of a field biology class I took in California (long ago and far away in another time and another place and another life :roll: ) -- lots of wild lizards and snakes in that area. The instructor had a permit to collect and keep wild animals, and he had a number of snakes, some of which had become tame enough for the students to handle. We found a "rosy boa" on one of our field trips and brought him back to the lab. They tend to be docile, even the wild ones, so someone described him as a "nice little snake to fall in love with" for people who were afraid of snakes (just don't watch him go after a live mouse :shock: ).

Lots of people have a problem with reptiles -- I think human beings are predisposed to that by evolution because there was a time in the old cave man days when there were lots of reptiles around that were really dangerous, especially venomous snakes.

So maybe bearded dragons could be described as "a nice little lizard to fall in love with" for people who have a problem with lizards. :wink:
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