Being a proud owner of a bearded dragon called Benedito! (It's just funny name, no story behind it.)
It wasn't planned at all by me, it was all my husband's idea since he's all into reptiles. It was either this fella or a damn snake! I didn't even let him finish the sentence when he started the conversation about getting one. Sorry, but in my house to snakes or spiders allowed... no freaking way!
So at this point I started reading all about them, how their organs or not at all in the same places like a rat, per say, being cold blooded meant having warm and cool areas inside the terrarium, building caves and hammocks for it to sleep, but nothing freaked me out the most than giving him live food. I got used to worms and locusts, but crickets?! Noooo, they look and smell like cockroaches, besides they jump everywhere and tend to nibble the poor dragon during he's sleep.
"When I was 1 month old, I was
as tiny as you can see!"
Here we are, one year after we took him in he's big and amazingly beautiful. He changes colours depending on the mood but he's main tones are orange around the eyes and beard, beige and yellow as background color. When he gets cold he tends to turn into shades of grey and black, or even during he's sleep.
It rarely happened and when it did he was just spooked with a sound or caught by surprise, his beard gets all black and swollen! It's he's way to intimidate people, it's in his nature but he's just a spoiled and hugely loved lizzard... cof cof... I mean, dragon that is!
While we, humans, have zits and spots during puberty dragons are way ahead of us. They get free peelings!
For those who go EEEEWWWWWWWHHHHH... over this peculiar animal I understand because they're cold spiky and don't interact much, but hey! they don't bite, or at least if you pet them and spoil them that will be the least of your problems. My guy enjoys sleeping on my chest covered by the blanket, there's something about human warmth and my breathing movements that rock him to sleep in no time. And believe me when I say he interacts, he asks to come out of the terrarium and explore the living room. Usually he goes straight to the balcony door to get some daylight even in cloudy days.