Ballyhoo Petting Zoo is excited to announce their new Bearded Dragons! Meet Whiskey and Checkers!

Whiskey

Breed: Fancy Bearded Dragon 
Birthday: March 10, 2020

Whiskey is our younger male Bearded Dragon and full of energy. This guy loves to climb and run around his pen and is easy to spot wit his bright coloring.

Whiskey came to us from a reptile rescue in the upstate.  He has slight arm deformities due to MBD, or Metabolic Bone Disease, due to not having proper lighting and access to UVB while he was going. Thankfully, the rescue was able to get him in time to prevent further damage and he gets around great! 

Checkers

Breed: Bearded Dragon 
Birthday: September 10, 2019

Checkers is our older female Bearded Dragon and much more relaxed. She likes to spend her time in the cool sand or under her heat lamp in the house. 

Checkers was also a rescue and suffers from MBD. Unfortunately, Checkers case is much more severe and she sometimes suffers from tremors. Tremors is a shaking behavior from lack of calcium during development. MBD is not curable, so we will keep a close eye on this girl and make her as happy as we can! 

When you visit, Checkers will most likely be relaxing in the sun or under her heat lamp in her little house.

Whiskey will most likely be perched on his branches or on top of his house when you visit! This guy loves to climb.

These lizards are native to Australia and known for the flaring of the underside of their throat when they feel threatened. 

Metabolic Bone Disease

Metabolic Bone Disease, or MBD, is common in pet Bearded Dragons without proper lighting and vitamin care as babies. This can cause bone deformities, stunted growth, tremors, and even death. It is very important to do your research and set up your habitat before brining a new pet home! 

About Bearded Dragons

  1. There are nine species of Bearded Dragons. The most common is the Pogona Vitticeps.
  2. Bearded Dragons are native to Australia
  3. Bearded Dragons are semi-arboreal, which means they like to spend to good deal of time up in the trees and bushes.
  4. Dragons bob their heads to communicate with each other. They also “wave” to greet other beards and show that they are the same species.
  5. Females can lay up to 25 eggs in a clutch.
  6. Bearded dragons like to live by themselves.
  7. Beaded dragons can excrete very mild venom. This is harmless to people.
  8. In the wild, bearded dragons can run on two legs. On all four they can reach speeds of up to 9 MPH.
  9. They thermoregulate through their mouths.
  10. Bearded Dragons see in color.

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