So about a 6 weeks ago, I was at PetSmart buying something for Rowen and her fish, and I spotted an enclosure with several brand-new baby bearded dragons. Of course I've wanted one of these little ones for a long time, and so I was utterly smitten. Turns out the store clerk who was helping me had owned a bearded dragon before, and ah. That was the beginning of the lovely rabbit hole that ended with me owning this little sweet one of love, picked out because of his coloring, and because the clerk said she chose this little one to ride on her shirt every day to help her clean the cages. Put a fork in me, cause I'm done.
Before we had even left the store (ahem, to the tune of more than $300 in supplies), the kids had named him Wizard (because he has a beard! ha!), and it wasn't til we got home and Jared said it that we realized he was Wizard the Lizard. Perfect.
So Many Pictures
Rowen and Elliott have started teasing me about how many pictures I take of him. But I told them (and then opened Lightroom and showed them) that this was nothing compared to the number of pictures I took of THEM when they were babies.
And yes. He eats live crickets.
If you had told me the beginning of March (probably the time of his birth) that I would be buying live bugs on purpose, keeping them on my premises, AND getting them out and watching in delight as another creature gobbled them up, well, here is your straight jacket, honey, and your padded cell is that way. But look at that face. And he relishes them so obviously that who am I to deny my little Wiz such a treat? Right?
To round out his diet, he also likes kale, broccoli, mustard greens, collard greens, celery, and thyme. He won't go near parsley, rosemary, or any kind of fruit. Seriously. Not mango, or apple, or raspberry or strawberry. But he LOVES kale. And we kinda love watching him eat it.
He's a perfect little sweetheart, so calm, and with this lovely bright eye he cocks up to see me, or to see where the sun is when we're outside. He is very serious about his sunlight.
I'm thinking of making him his own Instagram account. In fact, I just did. Ha! Chances are, you'll be seeing a lot more of this little one around here.
Do you own a beardie? Or any reptile? Have you wanted one? Do you have questions about mine? Cause you know mamas like to talk about their little ones. ;)