Meet Gavin

Our newest addition to the family…a ball python!

Gavin

Gavin

I never thought that I was a reptile person, but after Baby Dino joined our household, it turns out that they aren’t so bad.  And when the 13 year old asked for a pet, then decided on this one, it was really ok.

Cricket Keeper?

It appears that if you bring an alligator lizard into your home, and he is thriving, that he will eat and eat and eat.  In order that the proud parent of said lizard not have to go to the pet store every other day to buy more crickets, a “Cricket Keeper” was in store for us.

The Cricket Keeper

The Cricket Keeper

A Cricket Keeper is just a little plastic cage with dark tubes for the crickets to hide.

Gel like water.

Gel like water.

Of course if one is going to keep crickets as pets, one must feed and water them.  We learned that crickets will drown if given a bowl of water to drink, so they have to be given these little gel like things and that is how they get their liquid.  We also now have cricket food.

Looking for more food.

Looking for more food.

In addition to crickets, our lizard eats meal worms.  We place the worms in this little cup and he eats them at his leisure. Usually two minutes after they have been added to the cage!  Here he is looking for more food.  Never mind he just ate five meal worms – one right after the other! – a few minutes ago.

Oh, and now he has a name, Baby Dino.  How cute is that?!

He is growing!

He is growing!

This was super interesting.  It took him a few days to shed, but it came off all in one piece.  That brought about quite a bit of excitement in this household, I can tell you that!!

New Pet

The other day, my 17 year old found the cats playing with something in the front yard.  She went to investigate and found them playing with…

An Alligator Lizard!

An Alligator Lizard!

He had already shed his tail and my daughter was worried about him.  She asked me if we could keep him and in a weak moment I said yes.  So now we are the proud parents of an alligator lizard – who is eating more than his weight in crickets and meal worms.