Last night I went to a tattoo party at a guy's house. I had heard he had a bunch of lizards so I had to tag along. Turns out he's a guy who regularly comes into petco for rodents, so I knew him pretty well already.

His collection was disturbing, to say the least. The best part was that his beardies were big, happy, healthy, and tame. Lovely pair. They have a savannah whose tail was severely mauled by a rat... and was thereby amputated.They have two adult water dragons loose in the house with no cage. They have no specific area for basking and no specific area for eating and bathing - just wherever. He says he gives them a bath every other day. The male was big, beautiful, and has fairly severe mouth rot. His nose and snout were obviously horribly scarred from rubbing in the past. The owner said the mouth rot was just because he's still healing from all his rubbing.

The male was VERY interested in constantly mating with the female, who was both geriatric and emaciated. She seemed practically dead to me. Her entire skeleton was visible. The owner said he used to have a cage for her, but started letting her out to roam more and more and finally took her cage away altogether. Both water dragons were ice-cold to the touch.
He also has an extremely agressive nile monitor. Its in the middle of the dining room in a 40 gallon breeder tank... with a 10 gallon aquarium inside of it as a water area. The nile repeatedly bashed his head against the side of the cage when anyone walked by (in a very high-traffic area). The owner reached in and snatched the nile out, threw him down on the floor about 10 feet in front of him, and tossed him a small rat.

Awesome feeding response. An hour later he tossed him a medium rat in his cage, in the water area... it took the nile a good 15 minutes to kill the medium rat and he sustained several bites to the face while he was killing it. The nile has large patches of scar tissue on his back from previous bites and from escape attempts - long pieces of skin scraped off.Last but not least I came across their leopard gecko cage.. which was set up like a freakin' tropical rainforest. ALthough it was particularly humid in there, one gecko had retained shed on like 8 of his toes and had several toes missing. The others were in states of falling off. I pointed it out and suggested we give him a soak to get the retained shed off. Well this leopard gecko had never been handled before, they told me.

He'd also never been given any calcium. When I lifted him out of the cage and carried him away to soak in water, he crocodile-rolled in my hand and BROKE BOTH OF HIS BACK LEGS. Right in my hand. That's so sad. He continued to squirm and wiggle even with little broken legs. Emotion: sad I gave up after removing about 4 toes worth of retained shed.
So I confiscated the leopard gecko. He's going to the vet with me today, along with the ball python with infected rat bites on his neck and the rosy boa who regurgitated his last two meals. FUN!!
In the owner's defense, he does have his dog (pit bull) very well socialized with the lizards. They seem to cohabitate quite well.

fr0glet
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Last night I went to a tattoo party at a guy's house. I had heard he had a bunch of ... owner's defense, he does have his dog (pit bull) very wellsocialized with the lizards. They seem to cohabitate quite well.

Oh man that is just really really sad. I hope you can do your best to educate this guy a bit.
Josh
Educate Hell!!! Report his sorry ass to Animal Control, Humane Society or even PETA!
In the owner's defense, he does have his dog (pit bull) very wellsocialized with the lizards. They seem to cohabitate quite well. fr0glet

The pit bull's probably scared of the Nile, could have had a bad experience with him in the past, therefore making him afraid of all reptiles. Our cocker's afraid of reptiles, particularly turtles, ever since he shoved his nose into a red-eared slider's face and got the skin taken off by a POed turtle
"fr0glet"
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His collection was disturbing, to say the least.(snip)

Makes my blood pressure go up just to hear about how some people treat their animals fr0glet. Hope you can do something to enlighten this guy and hope he has the ability to take heed to your advice.
Bill,
Chaos, Panic, & Disorder..My work here is done.
Educate Hell!!! Report his sorry ass to Animal Control, Humane Society or even PETA!

I think he might also be a cocaine dealer, based on some clues I saw last night. I feel afraid that if I was to turn him in about the animals, it could turn into a huge thing and he would know exactly who narked.

fr0glet
So I confiscated the leopard gecko. He's going to the vet with me today, along with the ball python with infected rat bites on his neck and the rosy boa who regurgitated his last two meals. FUN!!

Leopard gecko: acute hypocalcemia. Neo-calglucon oral therapy.

Regurgitating rosy boa: negative for giardia + crypto. Sizing down to fuzzies and starting probiotic therapy.
Ball python with infected rat bites: still showing URI symptoms. Amakacin injections every 3 days for 21 days. Silver sulfazidine on the wounds - and I'm to stop cleaning them with chlorhexidine as they are bacteria-free. His weight has more than doubled, from 350 grams to 800 grams, in the 2.5 months that I've had him.
That is all.
fr0glet
Last night I went to a tattoo party at a guy's house. I had heard he had a bunch of ... along. Turns out he's a guy who regularly comes into petco for rodents, so I knew him pretty well already.

Grr
-Z
Educate Hell!!! Report his sorry ass to Animal Control, Humane Society or even PETA!

I think he might also be a cocaine dealer, based on some clues I saw last night. I feel afraid ... him in about the animals, it could turn into a huge thing and he would know exactly who narked. fr0glet

Ugh, been there, done that, got stalked. Not a fun thing to go through Emotion: sad

-cat
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