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GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:08 am
by DragonPete
Anyone else have 'messy' dragons?
Petey has always been a mess! Worse when he was on loose coconut fiber, tank was always a mess! Better now just with newspaper.
He made a liar out of me yesterday, never did touch his salad! Decided to eat a couple bites of it today, then poo, then walk thru it, drag his tail thru it and make a nasty disaster out of his tank! 😲 OMG! Spent 45mins getting him cleaned up, him and tank. All the glass had to be cleaned, all his 'furniture' cleaned, replaced his blanket with a clean one. Good grief! No bath today but did get wiped down with warm wet washcloth.
This is the worse mess he has ever made with me.
Anyone else have messy disasters? 😆 LOL!
-Dee

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:56 am
by CooperDragon
Geez what a mess! I’ve had that happen on occasion too. Much less frequent now after developing a consistent poop outside the enclosure routine in the mornings.

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:30 pm
by DragonPete
CooperDragon wrote:Geez what a mess! I’ve had that happen on occasion too. Much less frequent now after developing a consistent poop outside the enclosure routine in the mornings.


Normally he doesn't have a chance to make a mess, since I have my eye on him every few minutes, he's only like 5 feet from my recliner in the LR. But he managed to do his biz today and get it all over before I saw him. 😆
He's still not as comfortable with me as I would like, hopefully in time. He gets 'petted' several times a day and brought out for a few minutes several times a week, plus warm soak every couple weeks.
Feeding in a separate container is a good idea, he usually poos within 15 mins of eating. He's quite regular. Maybe something like a Rubbermaid tote? Don't have a 2nd tank. Tote would be easily cleaned after removing paper.
Thanks for the idea. Since he's well into adulthood, no little baby poos from this guy! 😆 LOL!
-Dee

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:01 pm
by CooperDragon
Sometimes they don't like being fed in other enclosures. I've tried it with poor results. Some are OK with it I've heard. It depends like most things :lol: I keep darwin in the kitchen with me as I prep breakfast etc. The door is closed and he has a basking light. I give him his breakfast and he does a bask and runs around a bit and has learned that when he poops the door opens and he can run around the rest of the house. It's not a perfect system but works pretty well. The vinyl floor is super easy to clean and sanitize.

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:20 pm
by DragonPete
CooperDragon wrote:Sometimes they don't like being fed in other enclosures. I've tried it with poor results. Some are OK with it I've heard. It depends like most things :lol: I keep darwin in the kitchen with me as I prep breakfast etc. The door is closed and he has a basking light. I give him his breakfast and he does a bask and runs around a bit and has learned that when he poops the door opens and he can run around the rest of the house. It's not a perfect system but works pretty well. The vinyl floor is super easy to clean and sanitize.

Smarter than you expect huh? It's worth a try. If he's good with it, fine. If not, that's fine too. I was just amazed at the mess he made today! That's why I posted. Figured someone else had been thru it too.
Having cats, his 'free range' time will be limited to a specific room where cats aren't allowed, after our relationship has gotten better. He doesn't trust me yet. Takes time. 😃
-Dee

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:49 pm
by CooperDragon
Yeah the cats limit the free roaming a bit. Darwin would have none of that :lol: Give the feeder bin a try and see how it goes. If you can develop a routine that works for both of you, it may (eventually) cut down on messes. I certainly know the pain of picking up after rage-poot messes. :roll: :lol:

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:23 am
by DragonPete
CooperDragon wrote:Yeah the cats limit the free roaming a bit. Darwin would have none of that :lol: Give the feeder bin a try and see how it goes. If you can develop a routine that works for both of you, it may (eventually) cut down on messes. I certainly know the pain of picking up after rage-poot messes. :roll: :lol:

Just dawned on me, you were talking about having yours enclosed in the kitchen, not a separate container. 😅 Don't know where I got that. 😆 Been a long week.
-Dee

Re: GEEZ! Petey is such a mess!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:19 am
by CooperDragon
Yeah :lol: The kitchen door is closed so he has to stay in there with me. Enclosed room not container.