Hello LJ reptile communities...
It has been a while since I last updated, and so much has happened in my wild and wacky world of Herp loving...
My Collection currently stands as follows:
The Leopard Gecko Family:
Draco - Leucistic Male, approx 2-2.5 years old.
Andromeda - Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tail Female - Approx 1.5-2 years old
Nymphadora - High yellow normal Female - Approx 1.5 years old
Vinnie- Normal, Approx 8-9 months old, Probably male, noticible hemipenal bulge, although he still has some growing to do, so i wont place bets just yet!
As far as the gecko's go, Vinnie's stripes are pretty much gone, and his spots are coming in just beautifully. He is very Curious and energetic, and has a special bond with my boyfriend haha!
The girls are getting fattened up for breeding season! Their tails are nice and fat, and i've actually gotten them into taking freshly shed superworms, which they eat with gusto! They are currently living together, and other than the occasional squable over who gets a particular cricket -*sigh* silly girls,-, they have done lovely together.
Draco is his robust and handsome self, and is extremely exciteable when he catches me holding any of the ladies, responding to their presence (even if it's nowhere near his cage) with a rapid tail beating... A little voyeur haha.
I must admit, my favorite reptile of all of my critters is dear Archie.
Archie is a 2.5 foot long German Giant Bearded Dragon, at the ripe age of 6 years old!
The story of Archie and I's relationship is rather sweet, so i'll decant it to you all as follows:
I worked for several months under the employ of my LFS, who also deals reptiles. About 3 months into my job, I noticed that we had gotten in a massive, robust, and charming Bearded Dragon, who was taking up residence with a Uromastyx (lovingly named "Fat Boy" by my co-worker.) As i so often did with critters in the store who stole my heart, I was quick to name him, and dote on him at every opportunity, feeding him waxworms on my break, and handling him often. About 3 more months passed, and Archie still had not sold. I asked my manager why he wasn't selling, and he confided that "no one wants a german giant that old... not great for breeding, a little too bulky, people want babies to raise..." I found this news simply heartbreaking, for I was completely charmed by this particular beardie.
Within days of this conversation, I was bringing dear Archie home to a 40 gallon breeder in my room all for himself.
I have continued to fall in love every since. I have even taken to, occasionally, bundling him up in a blankie and letting him sleep on the right side of my queen size bed... He is, truly, amazing, and i love him so deeply. Such a character he is! Hissing at my mother if ever she dare come into my room before 9.00am haha! He has his own harness, with which i take him for outings in the feild behind my house, he is so curious, and really loves the outdoors, and loves to sun himself on the sun warmed stones on my patio. He'll watch TV with me, and watches me as I go about daily things in my room. Truly a delight.
My Pythons, Severus and Bellatrix, are doing well, although Bella still refuses to take frozen mice, which has been a pain, but... whatever. Do whatcha gotta do.
And today I took home a Couch's Spadefoot "toad" (they aren't true toads, but, whatever") who i have named Winky, due to his huge and protuberant eyes and goofy face. He's already made himself at home, burrowing deep into the damp substrate. Probably the last time i'll see him in daylight, but, oh well!
Any ideas how to monitor his feeding? I tossed him 2 lil crickets, if they arent gone by tomorrow i'm removing them. These guys can be a challenege due to their strictly nocturnal nature, but, there you are.