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June 14, 2011

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Charizard, the Pet of the Day
Name: Charizard
Age: Ten months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Sunkist Bearded Dragon
Home: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
   Charizard was a gift from a good friend of mine, a surprise actually. Ever since he's been my buddy, snuggling before bed time (despite his spiky scales he is actually snuggly). He eats like a horse, and sometimes acts like one; stubborn about getting his nails clipped or running away from baths. He's coming up on his first birthday in July, too!

    He's what we like to call a Ponce(british term for a stuck up fellow), because of the faces he makes for no reason at all (at least to us anyways, he might have one). But he's just starting to mellow out, all bearded dragon babies are hyper little guys. I take him to Petsmart often, usually when I need crickets for him. Charizard doesn't really know any tricks, but he'll take food out of your hand without biting as best he can. As long as it's not something like mangos (his favorite, along with cilantro) he's pretty good about it. He's generally pretty affectionate I think, as long as something else isn't going on, anyway, like "House," he loves watching that show. He usually likes to watch it on a laptop though, because he can get up close to the screen. He watched the entire fourth season the day I got him.

    Charizard is my first, but not my first experience with reptiles or beardies in general. The friend who got him for me had a basilisk we rescued before he got me Charizard. My other really good friend is why I wanted a bearded dragon, she has an adult about five years old named Puff. We both now have several reptiles, though Charizard is the only one with me at my house because my parents are iffy on reptiles.

    I don't think my friend knew if I'd be ready for the gift, but he was careful and helped take care of him at his place before I took him home, when my mom finally was okay with it. I chipped in for food often before he came here, and I still do for the other reptiles he has. Charizard was an excellent gift.

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