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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. 😀