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My Puppy by TheropodMonster My Puppy by TheropodMonster
I realize I haven't put up any photos of Tiamat, my Savannah Monitor Lizard. I got called a few months ago by the place I get my mice at for my snakes (They run a rescue as well) About her, as I had inquired about her when she was first braught in.

Tiamat unfortunately once again came from a very sad story of owners just not knowing the first thing about reptiles. Apparently she was owned by a man who had her dumped off by an old roommate. The man did his best to care for her not knowing the first thing about lizards. She had no UV lamp, and was feed purely on dog food for her entirety with him before she was handed in.

Sadly she came in with severe Metabolic Bone Disease as well as severe permanent liver damage due to her previous miss-care. While she has recovered from her MBD entirely, and is miraculously alright even with her severe deformities from it, she will not recover from her liver damage. As such, her life will sadly not be the 20+ years it could normally be had she been taken care of properly, but I will be happy to give her a healthy laid back home for the rest of her life.

Regardless of all of this, Tiamat is a bright and intelligent lizard. She's alert and absolutely loves to run around my apartment fucking things up lmfao. I take her out to walk and run around every day, doing my best to keep her mentally stimulated. She's completely hand tame and has taken to falling asleep either in my arms or on my back when she's done running around. Her favorite past times are eating ungodly amounts of crickets, running and trying to hide in places impossibly to small for her, and sleeping on my feet in the shower.

Long story short, she's my new rescue puppy and she is the best puppy ever period.
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VampireWolf19 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
i wanna hug her ;A; such a sad story when people dont know how to take care of pets
*strokes rescue kitty*
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SpaceCricket Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Aww man poor baby! I'm happy you're providing her a good home. You're right...she is a princess <33 I hate to sound dumb but what are the side effects of not having proper lighting?
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TheropodMonster Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student
In not having proper lighting she didn't receive the daily vitamin D that most diurnal reptiles need to survive and thrive. Not having the UV rays they need can be a cause for severe metabolic bone disease, as well as a poor diet 8o
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esmethemaskedowl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
shes so pretty!! when i first move out of my mom and dad's house i'm going to get a monitor lizard and i'm sure to take care of it!!

hell, i'll take it with me when i buy groceries :D

when u take her out to walk to u have a harness for her? i hear that Monitor lizards are really fast
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Candy2021 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Omg shes gorgeous! I can't believe how stupid some people are, dog food!? for a reptile!?...even when I was a 13 year old, brain dead child I still knew enough about reptiles from caring for my little Anolis to know that they need heat rocks/lights and live food 8| and later that year when I found a California king snake in my neighbors yard ( she called me freaking the fuck out over a little 15 inch snake ) I went to the pet store and asked what would be best to feed it.

but dog food!?....URG! I'm so blown away by that! the sheer ignorance of it.

BUT I'm so glad you have her now! I know she'll live the rest of her days spoiled rotten!
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PantherDemon568 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
i wanna pet him.
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riot-on-cloud-nine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
<3 Tiamat is adorable and a very pretty lizard~ :heart:
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saiyamewome Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you sure that's a puppy?! 8I
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Tylon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Artist
Awww what a little cutie! she falls asleep in your arms??? thats so cute!
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OracularDream Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
She's really adorable.
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