Dragons

A Herp Family

I am lucky that my family shares my interest in reptiles and even luckier that they will help me to pursue my interests.
It has been just over a year since I acquired my first pets, 4 little central netted dragons. 6 months after that I bought home 2 eastern blue tongue skinks, and now I am hoping to find and purchase some broad-banded/narrow-banded sandswimmer skinks.
Hubby also made me another table so that i can expand and still have room for the home made incubator I hope to use in a few months time.
The dragons are starting to react to the warmer weather and already you can see the redness on their heads start to show through. The males head gets an orangy redness to it when they are coming into breeding season.
This is an exciting time for me.
If they breed successfully, and I manage to incubate the eggs properly then we should, by the new year, or just after, have ourselves some baby dragons. These will then go into the skinks old tank (I bought the skinks a new one today) until they are big enough to be moved around, or until they are sold. I am hoping that I get more females then males in the eggs (should I get any eggs).
The skinks themselves won't be breeding for a while since they are still too young and need at least another 18 months to mature in. They will be easier as they bear live young, though the female may need to be restricted closer to the time.
As for the sandswimmers, well, I only know what I have read in the latest reptile mag since the internet hasn't really any information on them (same as central netteds). I hope I can find some.

The Happenings Of A Female Dragon

Is she or isn't she? That is the question. And pregnant be the wondering.

3 days ago (Tuesday) she was busy digging ditches and for a while it looked like she was trying to lay eggs. I left her alone until she decided to fill in the trenches. Once she was finished there I took a soft, large paintbrush to the trench area and searched through the sand. Not a thing did I find though. And she is still fat and lumpy, and now has decided not to partake of her favourite food, crickets. In no way does she look sick or act sick. Just maybe she is having a late in the year pregnancy. And it is quite possible since her tank is climate controlled and she doesn't have the natural weather to go by.

I still think she may be pregnant and I have a homemade incubator ready to go should she actually lay anything. If she does lay, then we will change our summer temp to autumn temp in the tank and get them ready for some quiet time before the next breeding season starts up again.
I should hopefully know something in the next few days!

The Table!

Here is the table that hubby made on Saturday arvo. I helped by holding my hands close to the drill and hammer, so that the wood wouldn't move out of place, and by giving him inspiration to keep his carpentry skills in working order. (I bought two eastern blue tongue skinks!) At the moment the skinks are in the tank to the right and the one on the left will be occupied by 2 of the dragons when the appropriate lights have come into the shop that I ordered them from.

I am keeping the skink tank decorations to the minimum at the moment because they are messy and will require cleaning out every few days (depends on how much they are fed really)

The skinks are going well, loving their banana, though they didn't like the dog food I gave them the other day. I may try a different brand for them, a good excuse to change the dog food my raz eats. The crickets love dog food though...and I should probably feed them today, so I will hop off this thing, making a egg laying bed, cut up some carrot and deal with the crickets.

Introducing - Pebbles & Bam Bam

I would like to formally welcome Pebbles and BamBam into our family. They are a pair of eastern blue tongue skinks. (Pebbles on the left and Bam Bam on the right)

For Sale

I have come to the conclusion that my dragons are not living in harmony with each other. Well, the males aren't. Being males, this is not a sexist comment, they fight and they have come to maturity. 2 males, 2 girls. It isn't working. So we have had to block off one corner for Big Boy to reside in while he awaits his sale. If he does get sold.

I don't want to end up with expensive vet trips because these boys have fought so much they hurt each other. I knew it was coming, I just didn't know when.

Well, he is for sale. $100(aus) if you are interested, but there is a catch, well a few actually. You need a proper licence, live near me (I am not shipping him) and have the proper set up.

Now it is down to wait and see what happens!

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