Viola is my first Bearded Dragon (aged 8). She was a rescue and was being fostered when I found her. She was housed with an aggressive male who took an inch off her tail and one of her toes. I instantly fell in love with her and began doing research on beardies from then on. She is still alive and doing amazing.
She is currently 628 grams and is the largest female beardie I’ve ever met! Viola is the inspiration for my love of reptiles.
Mojo was the first beardie I decided to take in. He was very dehydrated and underweight caused by bad lighting and relying on a heat rock to regulating his body temperature.
Once he arrived, he ate like a pig. He enjoyed taking baths. He basked so proud and tall; he was basically standing.
He began to gain weight and had his daily routines. Someone expressed interest in him and he was adopted.
Meringue was the second beardie I took in. He looked healthy, maybe a bit dehydrated but nothing looked out of the ordinary. Within 24 hours his health slowly diminished. I began syringe feeding him before we could bring him in to the vet. He was unresponsive but slowly breathing when we brought him in. The vet said he had complete organ failure, MBD, severe dehydration etc... He was severely neglected over a long period of time. What could have prevented this? Education.
Most of this was due to improper diet and improper lighting. Beardies will usually never show any sign of illness until it’s too late, this was the reality for Meringue. He was sadly put down and will remain in our hearts forever.
Tigger was a small beardie I saw at a PetSmart. He was the ‘runt’ and I immediately felt bad for him. He had a great personality and loved to climb.
I soon found out he was a ‘runt’ for a reason. He wouldn’t eat much, so to try and make sure he had proper nutrients, I syringe fed him fruit, bugs and veggies.
I had him for over two months but he was not growing and only got worse. He was failing to thrive and was eventually put down.
He was roughly 8 months old when he died weighing only 10 grams. The average size of an 8 month old beardie is over 300-400 grams… Need I say more?
Lucy was our dragon, she was adopted from Little RES Q; a turtle rescue in Toronto. She was originally named Lucius/Lucifer because she had bitten the previous owners. She was never taken out of her tank after the incident in fear of her being aggressive.
Her lighting and care was inappropriate which caused her to have neurological issues, semi-blindness, twisted toes, extreme twitching, underweight, and MBD.
Lucy was a happy and special dragon. She was a sweet handicapped lizard. She was about 8 years old when she passed away. We had her for many years and learned so much from her.
Love you Lucy-Lou.
Hershel was adopted by Payton, after becoming very attached to her. Being fairly large, he was provided the largest aquarium in the room - as you read more you'll understand why.
Hershel arrived at the rescue completely covered in feces and smoke from his owners smoking around him. He was slightly underweight for his build and length (21 inches). He was living in a 20-gallon tank for his whole life with improper lighting. His previous owners could no longer care for him after 6 years.
Hershel continued to ‘own’ the reptile room and was full of character. He made us laugh everyday, until his sudden passing.
Bob, now renamed to Boromir, was my first official rescue who was adopted under the Viola's Beardies Rescue name.
He was named Bob because all he did was bob his head... All day. No matter what we put up or how we distracted him, he always found something to bob at.
He was adopted by a loving owner who says he still bobs to this day, even as an old and lazy man.
Jackie is a Uromastyx lizard. She was my first non-beardie rescue and was an interesting and a fun experience for me.
She was named Jackie because her previous owner thought she was a boy and named her Jack.
She came in with a strange crust all over her skin. I later figured out it was layers of burnt and stuck on shed that hadn't fully peeled off. She had been living with this painful and restrictive skin issue for a very long time, making her sides painful.
She was a trooper and has healed nicely. Some scars have remained as a reminder of her battle and the beginning of a new life with an awesome couple.