Steve gets sprayed a few times a day, which might seem strange, but bearded dragons absorb water from their environment, typically in the morning and evening dew. When they are sprayed the water funnels its way into their mouth, or they lick it off their noses. Rocks and textures are another important aspect of their enclosure, so that when they’re shedding their skin they can push against the rocks to encourage the process.
Lizzy plans for Steve to have a mate, as being able to react to another animal is an enriching experience. Reptiles will head bob at each other as somewhat of a ‘face-off’, and whoever gives up first waves at the other as if to say, ‘you win’. Who knew reptiles could be so adorable!
Lizzy began her career in the United Kingdom, working in education, animal training, flying displays, and field research in a variety of animal parks and zoos.
“My philosophy, when it comes to training, is to work with an animal’s behaviour and encourage the things it already wants to do. You just have to figure out what is right for that individual. What you’ll end up with is an animal that enjoys going out flying and wants to come back to you,” Lizzy said.
Although her career highlights include things like spending hours on a beach watching a leatherback turtle lay her eggs, Lizzy is loving the new experiences New Zealand and its unique native animals are contributing to her wealth of knowledge. Steve and the other animals in her care are very lucky to have her!