Category Archives: Lizards

A reptile as Christmas gift?

As animal lovers we do not like to see people easily giving pets as gifts. It is a lifetime commitment and full of responsibilities.  But for those who are serious, we are happy to choose some of the most suitable ones for them to keep as pets. It also comes with the terrarium, food, and all equipment required, as well as care sheets and our professional advice.

leogec-tank-mix

Earlier today a very lovely parent just picked up their leopard gecko lizard terrarium (together with the nice lizard and all stuff) at JG Club. Now their lucky kid should be home getting the special Christmas surprise soon. 🙂 The lizard has been on the kid’s wish list for a loooooong time. He finally got it.

Update of this lizard 2015: http://www.jurassicgarage.hk/blog/our-gecko-went-to-a-good-home/

Welcoming Slither the legless lizard

The legless lizard, our newly joined animal ambassador, just made her debut and got her name – SLITHER! It was nominated and voted by all guests of Animal Encounter at JG Club last weekend.

It was closed. SQ(u)EEKY lost by only 1 vote. We might use this name for another of our animal star.

Slither is a female European legless lizard, aka Sheltopusik (means yellow belly in Russian).

This is a true freak, seems to be developed with full of contradictions.

Being a lizard and it chose to lose its limbs and reduce its mobility. It prefers dry habitats but would often have to go to wet habitats to find its favorite food – earthworms, snails and slugs. It is the largest species of all legless lizards, reaching over 4 feet and being the king of its own clan, but it would drop off its own tail when threatened like a tiny gecko.

You might think that a lizard with no legs is like a snake. But when you look closely you will find her very different from a snake in many ways. The eyes, the ears, the tail, the scales, the tongue, the behaviors, nothing alike.

If snakes derived from lizards, then the legless lizards must have been like an abandoned experiment.

Slither has started her ambassadorship. Check her out at our events and experience the extreme side of nature.

Blue tongue lizards getting warm in cold winter

Thanks for global warming, this year it is especially cold. It has got to as low as 1°C outside, means 34°F.  I feel like I am still in the big apple, but it is Hong Kong.

Most of our animal buddies here are the tropical ones. Obviously they have to stay inside with heating. Look how our Australian Blue Tongue Skinks enjoy the basking. During it’s 1°C outside, it’s 24°C inside, and right under the heating spot it can get to as much as 35°C.

These are 2 of our blue tongues, both boys – uncle and nephew. The uncle was a bit overweight in the summer. After months of better diet he has got back his shape!! Look at his lovely waist.

Blue tongues are omnivorous, very much, so most of em in captivity have got too chubby. It looks cute being fat but obesity harms health for the long run (just like people!) so we are happy to see him back in his juvenile shape.

Natural sunlight is always better than lamps

UV lamps of different types are used for our animals inside. We like using mercury vapor bulbs like the Zoo med power sun 160 watts and T-Rex UV heat lamp 275 watts. These are very fine lights providing good portion of UVA and UVB rays which are beneficial to reptiles especially the desert dwelling one.

Our lizards such as the bearded dragons and blue tongued skinks love to stay right below the bulbs with a flattened body whenever they’re put inside. They do well inside but I’m never satisfied without having a possibly more natural life. During summer I put them in the outside enclosures whenever the weather is fine.

These Australian lizards are known to be among the most tame lizards of the world. but, this only happens in captivity. I have found them many times in Victoria, NSW, Adelaids and also some northern parts of Australia. The wild ones don’t look so tame. In the daytime whenever you find one and get close to them during they’re basking, they probably won’t be running but instead they offer you a grumpy face with a wide opened mouth having the big tongue shown. Very grumpy looking ones indeed! These won’t often happen in the ones in captivity.

Today morning I put the beardies and blue tongues out for basking. I was basking together with them too 🙂 Long before when i felt i was done, while they’re still enjoying it, i stood up and came to take a look at them. They displayed the very big mouths together, very grumpy ones. That’s exactly what I’ve seen in the deserts. Loved seeing them doing natural behaviors. We’ve gotta let the wild beasts go wild!!

Basking baby dragon

According to the weather forecast it will be raining for the entire week. Most animals had been put inside. i was meant to turn on more UV lamps and devices for my desert-dwelling friends. Surprisingly when i entered the farm the clouds fled following by a nice sun on top of head. i took my time and put back the tortoises, lizards and other animals to the outside enclosures to enjoy basking.

Other than basking i put the bearded dragons on the roof for them to soak in the meantime. The Australian bearded dragons are desert-dwelling insect eaters. Their life consists of two things- bugs and heat. They can take high temperatures for a while up to 115 degrees. That’s about 46 in celsius. People won’t survive without AC, letting alone 115 degrees. Sometimes during basking the dragons will keep the mouth open to maintain their body temperature. Keeping a right body temperature at a right time is the key of living for cold-blooded animals.

It’s so hot…. After having all animals moved the topless me have already been all wet. but the dragons haven’t even dropped a sweat. 🙂

While sitting having a drink i saw my newly acquired camera and lens. And what? For sure i took my time and did some shots for a baby bearded dragon. It’s the first time i tried this camera under sunlight. I haven’t got very used to this camera but the pics still turn out to be stunning, because the creature itself is stunning. Luckily enough I’ve got pics of some behaviors and postures a dragon won’t normally do, including having mouth opened and legs straightened. Here goes!

By the way, this is the exact dragon appeared in the rooftop of Peak Galleria sunday market a couple months ago who made an escaping mad run 50 feet away causing me to finish it with a flying catch in the public. 😀