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Well, I'm a sucker for lost causes
I was picking up a Spiny Eel for my fish tank, and my friend who runs the small animal department asked me if I would help her take care of a baby frilled dragon she had in the store. She doesn't know what's wrong with him, she suspects parasites or an infection, but he's not eating on his own and is super lethargic.

She told me that no one in the store but her has any real compassion for the reptiles, and pretty much have given him up as a lost cause, and asked if I would take him home and care for him. If he lives, she'll write him off in the books as dead and I can keep him since I'm putting the effort into saving him. She gave me a tiny temporary tank to keep him in, vitamins, some calcium dust, and food. All I had to buy was a heat lamp and a bulb for him, and I'm force feeding him twice a day, making him drink a few drops, misting him and keeping him warm... He's still got some fight in him - he fights the force feeding, and he pooped last night, so I'm hopeful that he will be ok. I'm taking him to a specialty shop after school today to see what they can do to help.


I've already fallen for the little bugger. I've named him Frank, after the frilled dragon from Disney's Rescuers Down Under
And, of course, I've supplied a few photos. Poor little guy is all of 4-6 inches long, including tail. Just a baby!

 

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I took him to the specialty store today, they said he just looks dehydrated and malnourished, no parasites or anything. They gave me an appetite booster and showed me how to make him eat. Right now, we're not force feeding, just shoving worms in his mouth and he'll chomp on them after a few seconds :thumbsup: He ate 3 worms for me today! :clap: His color is a little better since, they said if the appetite booster works, it'll work within 4-5 days and they have a 90% success rate in-store with it!
 

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I hope he gets stronger soon.
 
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Went to give Frank his food - he died somewhere in the last hour or so. :rip: Frank!
 

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I'm sorry Jenny. You did as much as you could have.
 
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Thanks, Michelle. I don't understand it either. So many of them are harmless, especially lizards :(
 

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Yeah, I really enjoy snakes - as soon as I move out I'll be getting an [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=-1][FONT=MS Sans Serif,Arial][SIZE=-1]anerythristic[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT] Kenyan Sand Boa :D The silver one in the photo. They only get to be about a foot, to a foot and a half, and eat pinkies all their lives :thumbsup: I like the bigger snakes, but with so many birds I'm pressed for space so something that can live in a 10g fits the bill!

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Yeah, I really enjoy snakes - as soon as I move out I'll be getting an [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica][SIZE=-1][FONT=MS Sans Serif,Arial][SIZE=-1]anerythristic[/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT] Kenyan Sand Boa :D The silver one in the photo. They only get to be about a foot, to a foot and a half, and eat pinkies all their lives :thumbsup: I like the bigger snakes, but with so many birds I'm pressed for space so something that can live in a 10g fits the bill!

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Those are absolutely beautiful! I don't want a big snake for obvious reasons...
 

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Those snakes are beautiful, Jenny. I don't want one, mind you, but they are beautiful. What types of personalities do they have?
 
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Those snakes are beautiful, Jenny. I don't want one, mind you, but they are beautiful. What types of personalities do they have?
They're really laid back, almost never bite even in the wild. The spend much of their time hanging out under the sand and don't really move about much :giggle: When you hold them, they either find a cozy spot to relax and just lay there or crawl all over you! They're so adorable. The babies I've been looking at are all of 6 inches long, like little worms!
 

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That sounds neat.
 
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