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Posted by amylp on October 17, 2002 at 19:37:48:

Found a baby horned lizard. Stupidly took it home after saying to the boy "Are you sure you want to take this home?", he was sure. Guess who ended up researching and discovering how dumb we were? And guess who stays up late worrying whether it will make it to next year, when I can drive back up to the desert and release it where it was found? Yep. Me.
Meanwhile, I bought ants. I overdid it, have currently 200, and have 500 more coming. And the lizard ate 6 of them yesterday. I have no idea how many he ate today, because I came home from work and panicked. He had one biting his mouth. I stuck a pin through it's head and released my poor little buddy because no way did I want him to be in so much pain. But his little back was pure white, I can only guess from pain. I hurt another one, and left it in the habitat with him. Of course, I came back to check on it and he was being bitten on the foot this time. Okay, this is a SMALL baby. So far he has eaten 5 meal worms (the small ones, I was afraid he wouldn't eat the big ones), one small cricket, and about 8 ants.

I don't know if I need to buy a UVA/B lizard light, do I need to buy herp vitamin powder if he's got harvester ants, and they are well fed??? I have a 75 watt bulb hitting a black rock, a red rock, and a piece of bone. There is some creosote in the habitat, and lots of red sand.

I am DESPERATE to keep him alive until I can return him. He's been in my care for 1 week exactly.

What else can I do to ensure survival?

By the way, the boy thinks I am being a dramatic alarmist. He swears all we need are meal worms.

boys are dumb.


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