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 #2276143


Varco
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 Monty’s fun bubble

The church I go to just recently had a rummage sale that I assisted with, One of the things we got was a hamster ball. One of the ladys asked me if maybe Monty could use it, so I took it just to see if he’d take to it and he did, like a fish to water. Whats even better is he can run around the apartment and my one year old cant get to him and he cant get to the electrical cords behind the tv. So he seems safe in his little yellow bubble is there anything I should worry about, his tail and claws cant fit out the slots and its the ball dosen’t hit his nose so i dont see anything wrong with it, and I really like that he can get a little more exercise and not have to worry about the baby.



08/08/12  11:50pm

 #2276148


Sugarfree135
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  Message To: Varco   In reference to Message Id: 2276143


 Monty’s fun bubble

That’s awesome! I would love to see that lol



08/09/12  01:16am

 #2276172


TwilightDreamer1979
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  Message To: Sugarfree135   In reference to Message Id: 2276148


 Monty’s fun bubble

Its sounds like a good idea, make sure he doesn’t get too large for it (WD’s grow fast!) and make sure it’s not actually stressing him out. WD’s RUN when they’re scared, but you may not notice the difference between running for fun and running cos he’s stressed.

Keep an eye on him. If he starts to display un unusual behavour then I would suggest not using the ball in furture.

TD.x.



08/09/12  07:27am

 #2276183


War Machine
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  Message To: Sugarfree135   In reference to Message Id: 2276148


 Monty’s fun bubble

This sounds like the worst idea ever. Why do people insist on treating reptiles like cats and dogs. Guaranteed that dragon does not enjoy it and it is stressed out.



08/09/12  09:33am

 #2276193


TwilightDreamer1979
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2276183


 Monty’s fun bubble

Please be polite War Machine.

If you don’t think it’s a good idea please state your reasoning.

TD.x.



08/09/12  10:21am

 #2276315


Cazicsmom
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  Message To: TwilightDreamer1979   In reference to Message Id: 2276193


 Monty’s fun bubble

As long as it is a large ball, I think it would probably be ok. I know their spines do not bend backward like a hamster/guinea pig’s. So, just make sure that he can sit in it without bending/twisting around unnaturally. =)



08/09/12  11:03pm

 #2276324


Varco
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  Message To: Cazicsmom   In reference to Message Id: 2276315


 Monty’s fun bubble

It’s a twenty inch diameter ball and he is like six to nine months old so still pretty small. They have them for rats too so I may get him that when he is older. The one for rats is like a regulation basket ball size maybe bigger.
And by definition a hamster ball has nothing to do with dogs or cats it has to do with hamsters, so that comment seemed very nonsequiter
He dosen’t act stressed, he did the first time and then he figured out he could make it move and anything it bumps into move, since he has kinda gotten a little big for his britches and trys to take on everything when hes in it, ie my foot, Lilith’s toys and Lilith. Its funny when he goes after her cause she’ll look at him and just pick up the ball.



08/10/12  12:32am

 #2276338


War Machine
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  Message To: Varco   In reference to Message Id: 2276324


 Monty’s fun bubble

I’m sorry twilight, I’m not intending to be rude, just truthful because I don’t understand the logic behind it.

You say your water dragon is 6-9 months? And still small? My male is 9 months and just hit 30". The ball is too small. An



08/10/12  07:34am

 #2276340


TwilightDreamer1979
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2276338


 Monty’s fun bubble

I understand your concerns.. it’s not something I’d have thought of doing either... But then I started thinking -
some cats like to be pulled around in trollys, boxes etc.
some dogs like to ride in the car or seem to enjoy going on a skateboard.
Some larger monitors go for walks on a lead to the shops with their owners.
Someone I know used to take his snake for rides on his mototrbike! (Not saying it was right, I’m just giving an example of an odd activity where the reptile didn’t seem to suffer any ill effect)

I understand that the ball wasn’t designed for a WD, but perhaps the WD might understand the security of the ball?? *shrugs* I don’t know, it’s not my WD so I can’t say. All I can do is point out the possible problems and let the owner decide for themselves if their WD is happy.

Different points of view are welcomed here, it helps us all learn and understand and it’s good to discuss these things. Constructive critisim is far more... well, constructive lol.

TD.x.



08/10/12  09:14am

 #2276348


Minya
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  Message To: TwilightDreamer1979   In reference to Message Id: 2276340


 Monty’s fun bubble

There have been lots of questions on how to play with your dragon over the years and this is the first time I’ve heard of this. Good job on thinking outside the box!



08/10/12  11:10am

 #2276416


War Machine
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  Message To: Minya   In reference to Message Id: 2276348


 Monty’s fun bubble

twilight, from owning monitors, I guess I’m more of a "hands off" kind of keeper now a days. With my male I was pure hands off, still sort of am, and its been 8 months now and he trusts me. He is comfortable climbing onto my arm after feeding and being removed for a bit. But just to run around, not shoved into a ball.



08/10/12  07:38pm

 #2276423


Varco
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2276416


 Monty’s fun bubble

Monty is only about ten inches to a foot, he may be a little younger then I thought. I’ll open his cage and let him walk into the ball, I don’t force him in, He just needs more exercise then he can get in his cage and I don’t want my one year old to hurt him or him hurt her. I also don’t like him getting behind my TV. I worry about him climbing on all those cords. since I’ve started doing it he’s been more active and even eating better and best of all he can be outside his cage to play and be safe, and possibly on The Planets funniest animal videos.



08/10/12  09:53pm

 #2276427


War Machine
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  Message To: Varco   In reference to Message Id: 2276423


 Monty’s fun bubble

what are your plans for a full size enclosure? my enclosure is 7x7x3. Have you ever though of just leaving the dragon alone? reduce stress? NO reptile ENJOYS being handled and removed from its habitat.



08/10/12  10:46pm

 #2276495


TwilightDreamer1979
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2276427


 Monty’s fun bubble

War Machine

I totally get your point.

In my opinion I believe reptiles should be socialised (if it’s safe to do so).
It causes them less stress in the long term if they are used to people in general. It also makes it much easier for a vet to handle a reptile that is used to be handled. I’m not saying we should get them out of their tanks at every given moment, but some time outside of the tank is required.

As for the ball, It’s not something I would consider doing, however, like I said - if this little dragon does actually get some benefit from excerise in the ball, and providing it doesn’t stress him or hurt him, then I can’t see the harm *shrugs*

TD.x.



08/11/12  05:06pm

 #2276818


Cazicsmom
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  Message To: TwilightDreamer1979   In reference to Message Id: 2276495


 Monty’s fun bubble

At a foot long, your baby is probably about 1 year old. Tricia’s site is a treasure trove of information. She has a chart there with approximate age/length ratios.

Water dragons can be very affectionate. Terris is always wanting out of her cage to sit on my shoulder..I think she likes to taunt the cats =) When they go to sleep, they will zonk completely, lol. You are starting the same way I did. Although, I fell in love with her at the pet store, but from there we are very similar. She is so very much a part of the family now, I am just not sure how things were before her =)

Congrats on your baby, read through Tricia’s site, and just keep asking questions.



08/14/12  11:22pm


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