Dragons is a home-based, no-kill, non-breeding organization dedicated
to saving the lives of the abandoned, neglected, and abused reptiles
of the Willamette Valley and surrounding communities. Relocated reptiles
only go to educated, loving, and pre-screened homes. Our organization
depends greatly on donations to help keep this program going. To make
a monetary donation (even $1 helps!) please click on the donation button
at the bottom of this page. To donate supplies, cages, bulbs, cage furnishings,
or supplements, please e-mail
me. Thanks for your support!
is a 3 year old female iguana that we rescued in August of 2003.
Her owners surrendered her because they could no longer care for
her. Jub-Jub is healthy and has already been placed in a loving
home here in Salem, Oregon.
Lizzy September 2002
Lizzy September 2003
was a grade school pet in Olympia, Washington for a year and desperately
needed a new home. I was told that a parent purchased Lizzy and
brought him into the classroom as a learning tool for the children.
Beardies are wonderful around children and this is probably why
the parent chose a bearded dragon. Unfortunately, Lizzy suffered
greatly. He was left alone in the cold classroom during the weekends,
and usually without food. He was handled roughly by the children
and learned to fear humans. When he came to us in August of 2002,
he was very malnourished, stressed, infected with parasites and
tapeworms, and in need of immediate medical attention. I am proud
to report that Lizzy has a clean bill of health and enjoys his
days lounging in the sun and swimming in the pool! We have not
tried to find Lizzy a home since we currently have the space to
keep him. He has such a wonderful personality and has really warmed
up to us. He will most likely live out the remainder of his life
in our care.
December 18, 2004: Our beloved Lizzy has passed away. Lizzy grew
to over 550 grams and was a healthy, happy member of our family.
We had many wonderful moments with him and he won't be forgotten.
Lizzy was only 3 years old when he died. The vet said he died
of Leukemia (cancer), which is rather common for beardies in his
age range. There was nothing the vet or I could do to prevent
this or to help him. He went rather quickly and didn't appear
to be ill for more than a few weeks before he died. RIP Lizzy.
You won't be forgotten!
Update: Tiki (October 2003)
Update: Tiki (March 2004)
Tiki (April 2005)
Tiki's hand (April 2005)
Tiki October 2007
precious little gem was introduced to us when a friend asked us
to babysit her dragon while she was away on vacation. The beardie
didn't have a name, so we nicknamed her "Tiki."
were told that Tiki is a little over a year old. She didn't have
any heat or UVB source and was fed a diet of green beans with
occasional calcium (Reptocal) added to it. She was underweight
and very small for her age. She was approximately 10 inches long
(tip of nose to tip of tail) and 70 grams when we first started
caring for her in August '03. We immediately gave her a heat source
and UVB. She perked right up and began to devour everything in
site. She is a ferocious eater with a passion for blackberries
and crickets. After 3months in our care, she now weighs 285 grams
and is 15 inches long.
was returned to her original owner in November 2003. I made sure
that the owner knew how to properly care for Tiki (UVB, heat,
March 1, 2004: Today I saw Tiki and she looks like a completely
different dragon (photo to the left)! She's got this beautiful
orange beard and a very pleasant personality. She's come a long
way from a nutritionally incorrect diet and environment that almost
killed her. She looks like she's having a wonderful life with
her owner. I wish all of our rescues were this easy.
April 21, 2005: Tiki's owner is moving out of state and couldn't
take her with her. She asked if I would take Tiki and care for
her. Of course I accepted.
Tiki arrived, she was dehydrated, thin, loaded with parasites,
and had been bitten on the hand by an aggressive cage mate (see
photo to left). I suspect that the tissue is dying or already
dead and she may need the two fingers amputated. The fingers are
very sore to the touch. However, she seems to be able to walk
on her hand just fine.
owner complained that she wouldn't eat much for her. My warnings
to her about housing two dragons together (especially a male and
a female) went unnoticed. And Tiki suffered as a direct result.
We are currently working to put some weight back on her. She laid
2 clutches of eggs when she was living with her previous owner,
but they were not fertile. Just in case she decides to lay more
eggs, we want her to have plenty of built up fat reserves and
lots of protein and calcium in her diet. Her previous owner didn't
understand the nutrition needs of a dragon, let alone a gravid
September 28, 2003, some friends and I were driving home from
the West Coast Captive Breeder's Expo in Eugene. We decided to
stop at a pet store in a town we were driving through.
my way out of the pet store, I noticed a homemade rack of small
cages with all sorts of reptiles in them. They were about 18 inches
wide by 18 inches deep. The entire rack was taller than I was
and each unit was about 12 inches tall. There was probably 6 units
all together. On the very bottom of this wooden rack I noticed
a red glowing light from inside. I got on my hands and knees and
peeked inside. Laying in the corner of the enclosure was a 4"
long baby bearded dragon that looked to be dead or very near death.
I noticed that there was not a single ventilation hole anywhere
to be found. I immediately put my hand on the plexiglass front
and as I suspected, the enclosure was more like an oven than a
terrarium. The builder neglected to include ventilation holes
on the very last enclosure - but all of the others had holes drilled
friends and I were shocked at this beardies condition and quickly
got the attention of a nearby employee. The employee shrugged
and said that the beardie got sick yesterday so they separated
him from the rest of his siblings and placed him in this "sick
tank." His siblings were 3 or 4 times bigger than he was!
When I asked her what the temperature was in the "sick tank"
she offered to open it up and check (no thermometers anywhere
to be found!). She removed the bolts that held the plexiglass
in place and put her hand inside. She felt around and shrugged
again saying that it "felt just fine."
this time we were all dumbfounded by this lady's stupidity and
asked to speak to the manager. The manager told us that the beardie
had gotten "ill" the day before and that's why he was
separated from his siblings. They tried to force feed him in the
morning, but couldn't get much down. By now it was 4 pm in the
afternoon and the beardie had been "baking" in the so-called
"sick tank" for nearly 2 days! I can't even imagine
how hot it was in there!
friends and I persuaded the manager to give us the beardie. Although
they had a local vet they could take him to, they knew that the
vet's expenses would be costly and they could not sell a dying
beardie. Before we left the pet store, we made sure that the manager
and the employee understood what they did wrong to almost kill
the beardie. We didn't want it to happen again.
we drove home (over an hour away) we tried to get some life saving
fluids into him. We dripped diluted Sprite (it was all we had
at the time) onto his nose and he lapped it up. He drank several
droplets and slept the rest of the way home. He was so weak.
we got home, we bathed him and tried to get him to drink more.
But he just didn't have the strength to hold his head up out of
the water. So we mixed up some Pedialyte and vitamins and got
him to take in about .2 cc's. We put him into a new home and noticed
that he could barely hold himself up and walked like he was drunk.
We decided to let him rest for a little while. The poor guy had
a hard day. Imagine being trapped in a sauna for 2 days without
(9-30-03) - I am sorry to say that the little guy passed away.
He was just too weak for us to save him. Rest in peace little
one and enjoy your journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
October of 2003, my reptile rescue partner, Lenae of Pacific NW
Reptile Rescue, heard of a Savannah Monitor that had been recently
found wandering the streets. A caring lady brought the monitor
into her home and fed and cared for it until she contacted Lenae.
Lenae brought the 2 foot monitor into her home and began rehydrating
the malnourished and very skinny monitor. After a few days, he
began to eat on his own. She found that he really likes silkworms,
superworms, and scrambled eggs. :)
as it may seem, this monitor is very calm and relaxed around humans.
He will sit on your shoulder and he even puts up with Lenae's
hyper-active cat. He seems to just be content to have someone
to love him. Lenae has already found him a loving home and he
will be relocated as soon as possible.
is a 6 1/2 foot long Red Tail Boa. She is 7 years old and comes
from a very loving family. Unfortunately her family had to move
and couldn't take her with them. Our friends at the Pacific
NW Reptile Rescue in Portland, OR took her into their home
but didn't have the room for her 5 foot long enclosure. So we
now have Angela living with us.
Angela has such a pleasant personality and gets along with people
so well, we decided to give her to some friends that really wanted
a Red Tail. Trevor's family previously had a large Red Tail, like
Angela, but since her death they have wanted another one to be
part of their family. I am sure that Trevor and his family will
give Angela a very loving and dedicated home.
- A 10 foot Burmese Python!!!
friends, Lenae and Brian, at the Pacific
NW Reptile Rescue in Portland, OR rescued this georgous python
in November 2003. Both Lenae and I were contacted by a lady from
a humane society in northern Washington (over 5 hours away). She
was desperately looking for a home for the python because they
would have to put it to sleep if they couldn't find a home for
him in the next 24 - 48 hours. We couldn't let that happen!
next day the lady from the Humane Society drove nearly 5 hours
to drop off the python at Lenae's house. The lady warned Lenae
that the python was left at their humane society because he scared
his owners. She also said that he hissed at some of her staff
members. Lenae noticed that his eyes were clouded over and was
going to shed soon. Lenae's experience with snakes told her that
this was probably the reason for his grumpiness.
offered to take him to my house since we had more room for such
a large snake. We later named him Romeo because he won us over
with his bold, yet friendly personality. Romeo lived with us for
several months. Then we were contacted by a local herpetologist
looking for large snakes, and we let him adopt Romeo. He offered
the best possible housing and care for such a large snake, and
Romeo may even be introduced to some females later on down the
line. There's a Juliet out there waiting for him!
few friends of ours helped rescue an injured iguana named Bubba.
He needed medical treatment, a bath, and a good meal. Bubba has
been relocated to a local man who used to have an iguana which
he owned for many years. He has been on the lookout for an iguana
that he could rescue and spend lots of time with. Looks like he
got his wish and Bubba got a great home with an experienced owner!
adorable Mali Uromastyx's were in need of a new home. I contacted
my good friend Torey, who already has two Saharan Uro's. She had
previously talked about adding some Mali's to her collection,
and jumped at the chance to rescue Tank and Turtle. They are doing
very well with Torey and even enjoy coming out of their cage for
some play time. Thanks Torey for giving them such a caring and
beautiful female Iguana was brought to Beautiful Dragons on December
11, 2004. She appeared to be very healthy and well cared for.
Her previous owners felt she should be with someone that could
devote more time to her as she was used to attention, and loved
to be held.
more time I spent with Emmy, the more I realize just how much
love and care her owners gave her. Emmy is truly a people iguana
and finding her a new home will not be a hard task at all. I just
wish all the rescues we did could be as easy as this one.
March 2005, we received a healthy and beautiful male dragon from
Las Vegas, NV. His owner took very good care of him and it shows.
Sparky really isn't a rescue by our normal standards. He just
needed a new home. So we graciously accepted to take care of him.
He is one of the most gentle dragons I have ever met.
May 2005, we were sent an adult female dragon from a lady who
rescued her and could no longer care for her. Mama suffers from
severe MBD. As you can see in the photos, she walks on her wrists
and she can't support her body weight on her arms and legs. When
she walks, her belly drags on the floor. Despite her disabilities,
she manages to get around ok. We've taken out any climbing structures
in her cage to eliminate the possibility of her falling and fracturing
bones. She has a Mega Ray UVB bulb over her for maximum UVB. She
is also on NeoCalglucon, a potent liquid calcium supplement. We
hope that with her calcium treatments and UVB exposure, that she
will one day walk again.
has a great personality, and as you can see from the photo to
the left, she loves to look out over the back yard. She's very
curious and she's usually found in this spot - gazing out the
June 2005, we rescued our first Veiled Chameleon. He was a little
on the thin side when we got him. We were told that he was found
in an abondoned apartment for who knows how long. He seems to
be doing well in his new cage. He is currently housed in a 4 foot
tall screened cage that is filled with live plants, vines, sticks,
and climbing ropes - a chameleon paradise! He explored every inch
of his new home then decided that it was alright. He's eating
well and has gained quite a bit of weight.
A year after his rescue, he is healthy enough to go to a new home.
And almost no signs of the burns he had from the previous owner.
I found him a good home with some close friends who love reptiles.
Although they have never owned a Chameleon before, I know they
will do just great!
in June '06. Gimpy came to us with severe MBD, he was malnourished,
dehydrated, not eating on his own, and has a deformed jaw as a
result of the MBD. For several months he wouldn't eat, I had to
nurse him back to health. And today, he's still rather thin. But
we're working on that. With his deformed jaw that doesn't line
up, he can't chew roaches, our main live food source in the rescue.
He can't chew much of anything, so his diet is limited, and this
has drastically slowed down the rate in which we're able to put
some weight back on him.