Kalrissan Rottweilers and Central Bearded Dragons
If you are not challenged by something a little bit different - then you may find the following interesting!!
Here at KALRISSAN we also enjoy our Beardies. These delightful animals are very docile when handled from babies and are valued members of our household. They are however, very big time wasters - you can sit and watch them for hours!!!
We have both Central (Yellow, Orange and Red-phase) and Eastern Bearded Dragons. All have their own appeal.
Maynard came to us with his brother 'Lizbert' at the tender age of 12 weeks.
They were very tiny but both had very big personalities. So big, that at age 14 weeks they (in true dragon style) became VERY aggressive towards each other. This was when we first suspected that they were both boys!!!
Once seperated though, peace returned to the household and for their own safety and well-being, they now live apart. Here are some shots of this crazily handsome dude!!!
Photo above and below at 12 weeks
Below at 5 months
Maynard has just moved into his new house - the penthouse suite - & he loves it. He spends hours climbing the driftwood, sitting on his heat log & doing his kamekaze leaps at anything that moves near his house!
Below at 16 months
LIZBERT or 'Berty-Beatle'
This cute little fellow is Lizbert.
Photo at 16 weeks
Lizbert is a delight to handle & will sit on your lap for hours. In fact, it is a major inconvienence to him if his 'warm cushion' wants to do anything else!!! He loves to watch TV, but his favourite past-time is trying to catch the endless parade of hapless Rottweilers that walk past his tank.
Photo at 16 weeks
This is Lizbert's favourite position to watch TV!! He is a very 'chilled-out' lizard
Photo at 8 mths
Photo below at 16 mths
Photo's below at 2.5 years
Lizbeth has just joined us at Kalrissan and is still settling in. She is a little older and has not been handled (or cared for) like our boys - she is still a bit flighty and undernourished. She prefers to be looked at and not touched!!!
You will notice that she is a lot darker than the boys. Beardies come in many different shades from very dark grey to almost white. They also change colour depending on whether they are warm, cool, emotional etc. If you look under Lizbeth's beard, she is almost black in her first picture - this is an obvious sign that the lizard is upset or angry.
Bearded Dragons are ectothermic, which simply means that they need an outside source to warm them up!!! At our place they have a choice of heat lamps in which they bask under, a heat log (same principle) to sit on, or they go outside in their large outside enclosure to take full advantage of the sun. This enclosure was featured in the dedicated reptile magazine 'Scales and Tails' - Issue 13 - September 2010.
When they do not need any more body heat - they go a lighter colour to reflect the sun/ heat source. When cold, they are darker - a natural evolutionary strategy to absorb more heat.
In addition to warmth, Lizards also need appropriate UV lighting, important for sight, calcium absorption and their mental health. They need both UVA and UVB lighting which we provide via 2 sources: lamps for them to bask under in their inside enclosures which are timed to mimic the seasonal daylight hours and also full exposure to natural sunlight in the summer months.
Lizbeth has now had a long settling in period and has now had good nutrition & access to appropriate UV lighting. What a difference - she is very happy and easy to handle!! She now enjoys her days with Lizbert - the two are the best of mates.
Senya is a daughter of Lizbert & Lizbeth. She is a beautiful yellow and has mum & dad's delightful temperament. She is now old enough to spend some time outside & loves to be with mum, Kota & Amy-Lee.
Senya at 12 months
RED- PHASE BEARDED DRAGONS
We also have two red-phase Beardies: Kota & Amy-Lee. Note that it takes a few months fo the true colouring to come out and they have both coloured up nicely.
Kota is a young male red-phase Beardie. He is colouring up nicely now and we are hoping he will be a dad soon with Lizbeth (our orange-phase female).
Below: Kota at 4 months
Above: Kota at 9 mths
Below: Kota at 12 mth
Above: Kota at 3 years with little Eastern friend 'Vella'
Amy-Lee is our female Red-Phase Beardie & she is delightful. She is another dragon that regularly joins Lizbert at our reptile training courses. She is a great ambassador for her species.
Above shots: Amy-Lee at 4 months
Above: Amy-Lee at 8 mths
Elliot is a young yellow male from unrelated stock. His mum was surrendered over to us as she was no longer wanted. A few months later she delivered 24 eggs!! Elliot & his sister Sola were kept back and have widened the genetic pool of our breeding stock. They have very nice yellow colouring and great personalities. Elliot has been buddied up with Abbi and the two of them get on great.
Abbi is a daughter of Beatle and Amy-Lee. She is shaping up to be a very nice Orange colour and has both mum and dad's awesome temperament. She spends her time on sunny days outside with her Frilly and Beardie friends. They all poke fun at the Blue Tongues next door!