Lucy’s July Fourth Portrait
She has been with us for two months.
She is eleven inches long and very wide.
She is officially a juvenile dragon.
Actually, Lucy is a Lucifer.
When you choose names for pets
that are not dimorphic
Choose gender neutral names
if it matters to you.
This sad photo was filed under the title, “Day One”.
I thought this little creature was so cute.
That’s all I knew about Dragons.
What I didn’t know is that she was horribly dehydrated.
She was malnourished.
The bend in her tail was symptomatic of MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease)
Caused by a calcium deficiency.
The supervisor of the exotic animals at the chain pet store
Told me to feed mealworms as you see here.
I had no idea that they have virtually no nutritional value
and the exoskeleton causes impaction in dragons.
Crickets have little nutritional value unless they are gut-loaded before feeding.
She didn’t mention that when she sold me the crickets.
Of course, I assumed that Dragons drink water.
The display at the store contained a bowl of water like this one.
Dragons do not recognize standing water as something you drink if you are a dragon…
You must either drop water on their noses or mist them a couple of times a day.
Dishes of water in an enclosed terrarium cause respiratory illness.
Dragons are desert animals who require very low humidity in their habitats.
Of course, I ordered the definitive Dragon manual.
And I began to search the Internet for information on dragons.
I was so confused that I was in a panic about what to do.
Then, I found Joe Cattey of South Texas Dragons
Joe lives in San Antonio which is about 100 miles from Victoria
Just a hop and a skip in Texas.
Joe told me what to do.
He supplies Lucy’s Dubia roaches which are high in protein.
Joe told me that Lucy was dehydrated and instructed me to soak her in a warm bath
for 15-20 minutes several times a week.
Dragons have vents (Cloaca) like parrots
They absorb water through their vents.
As soon as she was well-hydrated, the shrunken skin disappeared.
One problem solved!
Lucy began to gain weight
And one day she shed her old skin.
She was healthy and growing at last!
Dragons require specialized care.
Most pet store dragons die within the first year.
People, like me, think they’re cute and take them home
To die of loving neglect.
Meet Little Lucy.
She is tiny, malnourished, and has MBD.
She was half-price, and cold and wafer-thin and starving.
I brought her home today.
Fed her all the Dubia roaches she could eat!