Jackson, the Beardie, and his new Weirdy Beardie Hammock

Although, we’re a mostly gecko household, Jack was a beardie that we just couldn’t turn down. Jack is a grumpy little guy. He reminds me mostly of an old man stuck in a lizards body. We love him for it. He’s a great little beastie.

Three years ago, that was not the case. Three years ago, two things happened very close to each other. First, we both lost our jobs. A week later, my dad asked if I could take his friend’s beardie because, “her cat was bothering it.”

I didn’t really have the money to take on another animal, but I agreed to go look at him. When we, my roommate and I, got to house. We encountered a 95 gram, one year old bearded dragon who was so weak he couldn’t walk. He had never had dusted crickets or correct lighting and heating. He was chewed on my the dozens of crickets that his owner would just dump in the cage.

We agreed to take him on the spot. We were convinced he was going to die within the month, but Jack is a tough little guy. We got him eating again. At first, he couldn’t really use his back legs, and he’d drag himself a long with this front legs. This earned him the nickname, “Sluggy”. We kept at it though, and soon he was walking. Soon after that, he started jumping. He can jump a few inches now. He likes to perch on the arm of the couch sometimes.

This is Sluggy after 4 months of TLC at our home.

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Here’s Sluggy, about 3 years after.

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He’s enjoying his brand new hammock from Weirdy Beardie Hammocks

We met Maddy Judkins, from Weirdy Beardie Hammocks, at the Manchester Reptile Expo. Her hammocks are durable, soft, and very affordable.  She offers many colorful patterns and prints on her hammocks as well. We like a more natural look, so when we asked her if her had any that were dirt colored, she added the grommets to this one on the spot for us. Jack can hop right onto his.

Thanks Maddy!

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  1. Jeanne Melanson /

    This is so cool. First of all, it’s awesome that you took on this poor guy at the drop of a hat because he was in trouble. And just look at him now. Happy as can be in his hammock. I’m going to order a hammock for myself. (Well, for my Dragon, I mean.) I was just on the Weirdy Beardie FB page and saw the link to this post. Feel free to visit my blog too, if you like. I write about a lot of things, but I’m swinging more toward animal-related topics. You’d be more than happy to write a guest blog post too! Talk later!

    1. Fired Up Geckos / Post Author

      Thanks for the compliment! I’m glad we took him in when we did. He’d surly wouldn’t have made it.

      I’ll definitely check out your blog and trading blog posts is a sweet idea!

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