Will Lizard Companionship Be A Joyous Happening In Your Home?

Consider the following….

20180715_173241Why Murph……..why?20180716_170739

*This post is for someone whom contacted me with specific concerns regarding lizard ownership. I hope it helps my friend and others (and lizards somewhere) too.♥

20180609_183025 1) Does Lil’ Murph make you smile? 

  2) Maybe another type of lizard makes you smile every time you see that species…

Green and Gray Bearded Dragon(this photo by Egor Kamelev: https://www.pexels.com/photo/green-and-gray-bearded-dragon-751698/ )animal, blur, close(source: pixabay.com )Veiled Chameleon(this photo by Egor Kamelev)

I’ll not mention the exact species shown, because I’m not always super sweet. I think actually, it will help you see all the beautiful variety and options available if you do a lot of research. I will say the credit I copied and pasted from it’s website source for the 1st photo (under Murph’s 3 pics) is an incorrect description.

Just look at those faces! Um, and wee wittle toes! And..those cute lippies!!!! And their everythings!!!

*Proper grammar and sentence structure, as well as correctly spelled words are no more in my world where lizards are concerned. In fact, new words somehow evolve from the murky depths of intense cuteness. As such, these new words are often accompanied by high-pitched squeals and grins so large it’s amazing any perceivable word could be squeezed out between my teeth!

Consider #3) Is there a great fear (due to an immune disorder or other reasons) of  Salmonella exposure?

Chances are, Salmonella will be found if you have a fecal exam performed on your reptile. Here is one piece of reading material, but please simply use the internet or books to gather information until you feel comfortable in your decision of lizard ownership either way.:

http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/FastFacts/pdfs/salmonella_reptile_F.pdf

I must say, I’ve said (or typed) this before: I don’t have all the answers, I am still learning, and always will, I’m sure. I may not be doing things perfectly, however, my lizards love me. They’re happy, healthy and clean. I say this because I treat my lizards like family, not animals that are owned. It is said you shouldn’t kiss lizards. Well, I know how to keep lizards clean my way, so they get kisses. We both love it! Those darn cute lippies, ya know?! I’ve been the Mommy of a Green Iguana (yes, the big, big kind) and 2 Bearded Dragons for a total of 11-ish years (not including salamander ownership as a wee lass). Thousands of kisses and as many cuddle hours later, I’ve never gotten sick by them. If you’d like to know my bathing and enclosure system for clean cuties, and have not read about them as of yet, please see these:

*Let me say, depending on circumstances, the lack of peace-of-mind regarding possible contamination throughout the home will make reptile ownership stressful. That isn’t beneficial for the family or reptile. In such a case, perhaps it is best to love lizards from afar.

Little Known Fact: Lizards Need Blankies

A Substrate Alternative For The Pampered Lizard

Choosing A Home Within Your Home For Your Scaly Companion

Take my cage idea & make it your own, make it better. You can build one more tall than wide with wood and screen if floor space is an issue. If you use wood, no splinters for your lizard or yourself please. Please don’t use treated lumber, it contains arsenic, chromium, and other bad things.  Make sure your lizard has sturdy objects that will get him or her up and down safely. Among all their needs being met (helpful links for lighting, temperatures and diets are scattered throughout my archives), please give them something soft to curl up to. Trust me, scaly things appreciate soft comfort too.

Many helpful people have donated time to the well-being of sweet lizards. “The Bearded Dragon Manual” (also in ebook form) is good reference material. Oh man, it made me realize how much I did not know! I use paper clips to mark pages I may need to return to later.

Consider #4) Do you have a human or animal in your home that may injure your lizard when you have it out of it’s cage to enjoy some freedom and/or time with you?

Some other tidbits: If other lizards are like mine, they need time with you every day or they may get depressed. My opinion is they need at minimum of what you’d dedicate to petting a dog, talking to and walking a dog.

If you’re not home at a decent morning or evening hour to turn their lights on or off, purchase a timer to do that. If your house is colder than say, about 70 degrees at night when the other lights are off, you can purchase a night light heat bulb to keep them from getting too cool. Consider your lizard’s sleeping spot & bulb placement so that they aren’t heating up directly under it, especially during brumation.

If a poo occurs in an undesired location, let bleach soak there a couple minutes & rinse well. If color protection is a must, wipe away poo well with tissue or paper towel, then soak area with rubbing alcohol for a few before dabbing with paper towel. If you use a rag, or sheets or any cloth for lizard-related substrate or otherwise, keep a separate hamper or box for his or her dirties and do that load by itself when there’s enough to merit washing a load. you can let a washer fill partially with water then add roughly 1-2 cups of bleach to that water, then add load. Probably, you won’t need to use fabric softener, the less chemicals, the better.

Here’s something probably not thought of often: If you throw a poo-covered wad of tissue in the trash instead of flushing it, consider covering it with other trash so that if a fly, gnat, or other winged home intruder cannot walk their little legs all over it and then walk along your counter tops, thus cross-contaminating your surfaces without your knowing.

Consideration #5) Do you have a little extra money for light replacements? Uvb needs replaced every 6 months even if it still lights, full spectrum only needs replaced when it burns out (they need both). Can you afford food and any needed vet visits for the life span of your desired new friend, etc.? 

After the start-up, lizards usually are not expensive to have, especially as they get older and desire less living food and prefer more produce.

#6) Do you have time and love to give a sweet lizard for as long as she or he lives?


 

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” -Dawn Renee

I’ve Murphed Into A Human-esque Baby

20180724_105449 “‘Tis I, Lil’ Murph, with fruit & vegetable smoothie on my lippies & my bib/cloth before me. This is my pillow bed that Mommy places here or there, where I wish, or she totes me around as I rest within.” 

20180722_152453“I like to climb, but not on trees. I won’t go far from Mommy. Brother Dog & I go on adventures. Mommy often gets odd stares from people passing by, but she thinks they should be grateful they saw something they never expected to see that day…Me!”

20180722_152519“Do you think Mommy will design a special stroller for me?”

20180721_213409“Sleepy from adventure…I feel as blurry as this photo of my cute physique.”I love to cuddle with Mommy when I’m sleepy!”

20180721_214629Since mid-April I have gone potty in my enclosure only twice. I prefer to potty directly over the drain (then Mommy bathes me & places me away from the harmful bleach), or I potty outside. I wipe myself on the grass because I can’t tolerate any icky-ness. My Mommy wonders if Dog & I hold in necessary bodily functions until we go bye-bye. I am adamant in these new-found methods in potty-dom.

20180724_105517“Also since mid-April, I have eaten from a dish all by myself, 3 times. The only things I will eat more than 1 bite of are chicken cooked in extra-virgin olive oil given by Mommy’s hand and smoothie by syringe. Mommy drips smoothie (mostly) on the tip of my upper lip. I lick it all gone (mostly) as gravity does it’s thing. Again, I do not like to be icky. If Mommy doesn’t wipe quickly I will wipe my own chin on the nearest something. If I’m excited about something during my meal, I have plotted & executed my path of in-home exploration & neither of us get to wipe. Mommy follows me with the bib…rattling on with human noises as the food on my cute lippies has mysteriously become invisible for clean-up. Where did it go?”

20180718_1006121“Most nights I sleep with my Mommy surrounded by love, blankies and a slumber in pillow-dom!”

[she absolutely does not recommend this to anyone]

“Mommy tells me I am special, beautiful & she loves me every day. I don’t understand most English human words, still, I understand exactly what she softly speaks to me.”



 

*If anyone meeds to make a smoothie for a lizard similar to Murph, if there is another whom has chosen a path of babyness, or perhaps to administer a couple times a week to prevent dehydration or malnourishment during brumation, here is Murph’s Smoothie:

1/2 banana; 6 grapes; 6 blueberries; 2 strawberries; a couple slices of apple and a peach (1/2 the skin remaining thereon); tiny fistful of organic kale (healthier than lettuce), a few spinach leaves; a few chunks of cantaloupe; blanket the top with calcium powder with vitamin D3; liquify in a blender (may need to stop to stir it up, then resume)

There are enough juices to keep this moist in a container with a lid. stir before sucking it into a syringe. discard after 4 days (fertilizes outdoor plants). keep syringe refrigerated with smoothie for freshness. Always rinse produce before cutting. I discovered avocados may be mildly toxic for them. Too much spinach can bind calcium in their system. Never give citrus or bugs from outside due to they may have come in contact with poison. Lightning bugs can kill them, please protect them from these glowing beauties.

I wish there were no cooked animals ever in our home, but sigh, he loves chicken. It’s not easy to not give to him nearly the only thing he’ll actually chew. Crushed unsalted nuts can be added for a little fat and protein. Any smoothie doesn’t need to be exact, nor does the food have to be the same. Vitamin D3 helps lizards to metabolize calcium lest they develop metabolic bone disease. This is a supplement for sweeties who don’t get enough sun rays upon their bodies. If you have the proper uvb, full spectrum bulb, take them outside when able & so on, I think they should still get just a wee bit.  If you build an exterior enclosure, use screen to keep bugs out. If they’re out all day they probably need no supplements as long as their diet is full of variety (if out all day they should have a sunny and shady option, as well as food & water. They shouldn’t be left to get cold at night, of course).

This link takes you to some knowledge to utilize as a rough draft for care in the calcium realm. Lizards and situations are different. We need only to do the best we can. There’s no exact science to raising all children the same either.

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renee

Why Mom, why?!

20180717_175530(Eeek…look at his toes!)

This is one of a few special occasions of the calendar of which I will participate in some fashion. Lil’ Murph prefers I not do this, but he was a trooper! I felt bad but the cuteness had a powerful strangle hold on me, and nearly him. I gave him extra special baby talk & treatment when his photo shoots were complete. 20180717_17545520180717_17562520180717_182255Forgiven!!! He was clingy to me all night. Aww

If you’re wondering, I measured Murph a couple months ago. He is a beautiful 19 inches. I need to measure him again. He is probably his adult size. I will update you 🙂

I hope our American friends had a lovely day of country appreciation on July 4th. There are other important dates that played a vital role for America that could be celebrated, but that would take much time to write of. I hope our non-American friends had a lovely day in their beautiful countries. I couldn’t type sooner to wish all our kind wordpress friends well.

      I was watching old episodes of “Cheers.” In a scene that was fleeting was shown the Old North Church. This made for an interest in revisiting American history. I know the celebration of Independence has passed, but I am not always a conformist. It is my belief, anyone should celebrate what they wish and when, say and do as they please so long as they do not infringe upon the universal rights of others or hurt others mentally (I am not referring to simply offending someone – those folks need to desensitize themselves a few notches), I mean try not to hurt someone’s heart) or injure another (human or not) physically.

     This post veers a tad off course concerning lizard companionship, but comes back in that if I’d not been born in this fabulous country, I would not be fortunate to know the soul that is Lil’ Murph’s. On winter days he may benefit from being from where his ancestors come in Australia, but he does not want a day without me! He made this evident when he suffered depression that even affected his eating & pooing habits when I left the country for nearly 2 weeks in April (a bit on that here at “I renounce my title!!!”).

20180711_214555Murph is watching fireworks in a wide-eyed way!

20180711_213759Murph is watching fireworks in a not so wide-eyed way!

20180711_214549He is fighting sleep, but his interest is renewed because those people lit another spectacular display! Boy, if only I could tell him the real reason fireworks are part of the celebration!

“Give me Liberty or give me Death” – Patrick Henry   St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia
March 23, 1775.

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death” – Dawn Renee    Lizardplanet.com