Forrest the Handicapped Dragon

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Forrest the Handicapped Dragon

Postby DragonQueen3 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:25 pm

I recently rescued a male beardie that is missing his back legs from the reptile shop well associated with my Exotic Vet.

Forrest's back legs looks as if they were amputed by a vet at sometime. One leg goes down to his ankle but is missing the foot and the other has been removed to his knee, as you can see below.
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My original plan was to house him with my 10 month old female beardie Pancake once he has finished being quarantined and seen by the vet. Pancake has a 120 gallon that I plan on making bioactive so I know it will be enough space.

However I noticed some backlash on disabled dragons breeding. Is this because it can cause pain for the dragon? Or issues with offspring? I hadn't planned on breeding them purposefully but if it happened I wouldn't be upset.

In the end I would really like to house them together but not if it's going to cause Forrest anymore unhappiness or pain.

Thanks! - Sydney
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Re: Forrest the Handicapped Dragon

Postby AHBD » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:40 am

Hi Sydney, I remember this pic of Forrest from your other thread. :) It's always best to house dragons separately, you never know which one is going to hurt the other. I have had females in very large enclosures together in the past with NP but even then it's best if they were raised together, have tons of room [ over 200 gallons ] and are both docile.As for breeding, there's nothing at all wrong with breeding an amputee male but not a female. You just have to supervise because if the female is not receptive they may fight. So I'd steer away from dreams of breeding, another reason being the huge flood of unwanted beardies out there . BTW, it would not be painful for him but Forrest may not be able to successfully breed for one reason, males use their back legs to hold a female in position so I'm not sure how successful he would be. If you Google youtube videos of dragons breeding you'll see what I mean. That's not to say that he couldn't breed but it may be a factor.
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Re: Forrest the Handicapped Dragon

Postby claudiusx » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:40 am

Hi Sydney,

I would advise against housing them together. It's basically not possible that the leg amputation would cause any carryover to the offspring, unless it was somehow genetic, but still males need to use their hind legs to mate properly. He might be able to effectively, but i'd still recommend against it for other reasons. Not to mention, typically when housed together, if one is weak or disabled, it will get dominated and live not the greatest of lives. He would be much happier in his own private domain :)

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Re: Forrest the Handicapped Dragon

Postby DragonQueen3 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:26 am

Ok thank you for the info!

I've noticed my female and older male are definitely interested in each other but I'm unsure if it's curiosity, dominance or maybe even just that breeding season will be soon.

They have never puffed at each other and my female even tried to lick the male yesterday. I don't feel comfortable letting them interact until the quarantine period is over though
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