One morning, when I looked into Lucy’s house
I was surprised to see that she was shedding her skin
like Mr. Frog who used to lease her house.
By the time I finished chopping everybody’s fruit and veggies for breakfast
The skin had peeled off her shoulders, and
She was scratching like a little dog with fleas!
If it hadn’t been so terrible looking, I would have laughed.
When I finished delivering everybody else’s breakfast,
I came back to check on her.
She was a frightful sight!
She was alternately rubbing her back against a crook in her tree
And returning to her basking spot to warm herself.
She looked miserable.
So, I put her in a warm bath.
I found Mr. Frog’s old skin in his “pond” once,
So I figured the warm water would help to loosen the old skin.
I always place her on a piece of a bar mop towel for secure footing.
Sure enough, the old skin slid right off in the water, and
She looked much happier.
Later, when I fed the roaches, she leaped right into the dish
And pounced on her lunch with what I imagined to be renewed enthusiasm.
I probably should feed the roaches in a small container with a ring that is designed for bug lunches,
But, instinct tells me that she would much prefer to be able to leap off her tree
And pretend that she is stalking her prey.
The white stuff is calcium powder.
I haven’t found a practical way to dust it on the roaches without getting it everywhere.
Sporting her new coat, Lucy retreated to her basking spot
looking every bit the fierce Lady Dragon.
She’s grown an inch and is much fatter, wider and sturdier-looking now.
You can see how thick her tail has grown.
It has a “crook” in it that makes it look as if it were broken.
That is a bone malformation resulting from a calcium deficiency
Either in the egg or later before I got her.
I am hopeful that the calcium supplement will correct the disease
So that she can live a normal life.