Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Oct 10, 2016
I adopted Pancake from someone that rescued him from severe neglect. He had never had proper food or a proper environment and because of this, suffered a very difficult early life. He has severe bone issues and as you can see from the picture, his left arm is completely dead and dwindled and bent under. The right arm is also severely bent but still has some feeling to it, it occasionally moves a little. His face isn't properly developed either but that isn't as noticeable unless your are petting him.
He came to me living on bird seed in a fish tank without proper lighting. He was fed pizza toppings and ate like a starved animal. He would throw himself against the tank to get out. His bottom was caked in feces and he had a retained shed. Adopting him meant a lot of work initially but it has since paid off.
He gets all fresh food now daily, no more pizza. He has learned that he will always have food and no longer fights when eating. We have left the fish tank behind and he is allowed free reign in the house with a large dog crate as home base. He gets zoo quality heating and UV lighting and it has helped him dramatically. He is a neat little guy, even if he isn't the prettiest. He loves my dogs and will snuggle up with them. He loves to run up and down the hallway and then take a nap on his soft blanket. If you had seen him the day I got him and what he is now, you wouldn't think it was the same lizard.
Beardies are excellent pets, full of personality, fun, and a joy to watch and interact with!