Dragons

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I hate writing titles as they never seem to fit.
Now times for some updates.

Cooking
I am still continuing to try new and interesting recipes and making notes on what I am cooking, the changes I make and what it would go well with in preparation for e-courses. E-courses though have been a little slow this year though last year's content still seems to be of interest. I will continue with this as who know s where the future might lead.

Animals
Smaug & Sloth (bearded dragons)
They seem to be growing well though Smaug still has his problems. Lately he has been seen to be shaking and with bad eye to mouth co-ordination so I swapped him to a different enclosure with a different light. Since going into this enclosure, he has brightened up in colour, as has sloth, become a happier dragon with a better appetite. Sloth, is still going great though and I have no problems with her except that she doesn't like to eat in front of people.

Central Netted Dragons
Well they are a little fat but that will work well with the coming cool months when they should hibernate or at least become less active. Sleepy is growing well and looks like his dad (small boss). He still has sight difficulties but it doesn't stop him from doing anything either. The only thing that makes me think, is if it is a male or female!

Skinks

Dragons

Out of 20 eggs, 17 hatched (3 died in the eggs)

Out of the 17 that hatched, 15 were perfect (2 were not perfect and are becoming our pets)

The 2 which are not perfect - 1 gets sand in it's eyes (is getting better with age though) and took a while to get feeding properly.

The other one came out with a kink in it's back and has trouble using it's hind legs. I am guessing that it may have been a calcium deficency while it was in the egg. If they survive, great, if they don't, they don't.

Animal count to date
pythons - 2
bearded dragons - 2
blue tongue skinks - 2
central netted dragons - 13

ARK Newsletter

Each month/few months I help out in an online reptile newsletter, mainly putting together small articles and groups of pictures. There are quite a few others who help out in the newsletter also who deserve thanks for the work they put into it.
Thanks!
This newsletter started off as a small email newsletter, void of colour or graphics but has now blossomed into a colourful, multiple article newsletter which, hopefully, has something for everyone in it.
Here is the link www.aussiereptilegallery.com/newsletter/

CND Update

Our 2nd last lot of baby dragons are hatching. So far 2 are out of their egg and put into a container in the baby enclosure. One of these babies was VERY alert, even when it was hatching. When it only had it's head out of the egg it turned it around to watch my husband as he peered into the container. Even when it was fully out it was very alert. So much so that it was having a go at my fingers with it's mouth open, as if it was threatening, or trying to get a meal.

These babies which are hatching are the same size as my week olds, (maybe bigger)

Eggs - Once Again

Yet another post on dragon eggs.

65 days later and 3 eggs remain unhatched from the last lot of eggs.

These eggs are a bit of a concern because they are smaller then the rest (even those which are younger then them) and the fact that half of that clutch of eggs has already hatched.

After sourcing some advice (www.aussiereptilekeeper.com) I made the decision to pip (nick) the eggs. There was no off smell so if they are dead then they hadn't been dead long.

There was one egg, the tiniest in there, which had begun to dimple about 3 days ago. I do not even know if this egg had grown at all during the time, so I decided to cut it open and see what was in there. In there was an alive baby dragon! Somehow I doubt it will survive. It filled the egg and still has the yolk attached to it. The egg was tiny compared to the other two eggs in there and even the eggs in the incubator which do not hatch for another 3-4 weeks yet!

I had already counted these eggs out of the equation so if they do hatch and survive then that is a bonus!

*UPDATE*

The 3 remaining eggs did not survive. The babies were fully formed but retained quite a bit of the yolk.
I decided to open them up and not incubate them any longer due to the fact that they were starting to smell and mould had started to grow on the egg shell.

I have 5 due to hatch any day now and I did end up with 3 from the previous lot of eggs which I thought none were going to hatch from.

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