Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

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Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby Ash » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:02 pm

I lost Paperweight today, just out of the blue. She was moving around this morning and then when I went to go see her a few hours later, she was dead. Since she's a reptile I thought if I could get her to the vet, maybe they could restart her heart or something. So I gave her CPR for about 45 minutes as we drove through a snowstorm to the vet. When we got there, the vet said there was nothing they could do, that rigor mortis had started setting in already.

She came to me emaciated--absolutely skinny with hip bones sticking out.

Paperweight at least passed away in her sleep. She was curled up when we found her. I think her heart just decided to give out and wasn't strong enough due to the malnourishment she'd had all her life.

I miss her so much. She wasn't with me long enough. I'm heartbroken.

I'm keeping her body for a while. I don't think I'll have a necropsy done--I really think it was from all those years of being malnourished. But I haven't decided yet. I may ask a friend to take a look at her insides, but I don't know.

It was so sudden. Paperweight was sweet and curious. Her brother Payload is huge and impressive, but she was meek and overlooked because of that. It's so hard to lose a pet--I haven't lost an animal since the ball python Scarborough Fair, and it really hurts.

I wanted to get her up to full health and see her with a fat, chubby body and thick tail. From the picture you can see how emaciated she was and bony.

Rest in peace, Paperweight. You are missed and still loved.

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Re: Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby H20 Sl » Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:08 pm

Oh I'm so sorry Ash..what a gorgeous lizard.. Rest in Peace..
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Postby minervasden » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:18 pm

RIP Paperweight.
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:22 pm

Sometimes with a bad past you can't fix it. It still hurts of course but at least you know you gave her good care while she was with you.
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Re: Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby Ash » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:30 pm

Thank you guys. She is really missed. Here she got to eat regularly, have the right heat and humidity. She was very happy. Whenever I would go into the bathroom she'd start tongue flicking and following me around (at least when she wasn't sleeping, lol). Paperweight was very sweet.

I still have Payload to help me remember her. Her big brother. He's a sweetheart too but is just too "cool" for humans. That's his attitude at least--just opens one eye and watches me walk around but doesn't come over. But still a nice lizard that likes his jowls rubbed.
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Re: Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby Ash » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:40 pm

Here are some pictures I took of both Paperweight and Payload. I love the one where they have both fallen asleep beside each other. He is so much bigger than she is--like triple her size. His head is bigger than my hand, but her head could fit in my palm.

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Re: Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby Ana » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:41 pm

I'm so sorry, Ash. I hope it's comforting for you to know her time with you was spent in the right habitat, comfortable, never hungry, loved.
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Re: Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby Peacefulward » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:56 am

So sorry for your loss... Paperweight was a gorgeous teigu. Hopefully she's in a better place now.
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Re: Paperweight--Argentine Black and White Tegu

Postby pat » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:24 am

I am so very sorry for your loss. :cry:

really irks me when people neglect the proper care of animals. the previous owners should be jailed and fined for the abuse.
the law takes abuse so lightly.
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