Pregnant blue tongue lizard fat from cat biscuit diet
A HUGE blue tongue lizard found under a Coraki woman's fridge that was presumed to be pregnant had just been feasting on cat biscuits.
The story of 'Massive Mac' the blue tongue lizard was posted on the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Facebook page.
"Massive Mac' wasn't so mega when he used to live under the same refrigerator at Maclean.
When the owner of the fridge moved to Coraki, she thought 'Massive Mac' stayed behind at Maclean, until, much to her surprise, she saw the lizard one night.
Concerned that the lizard should be returned to its home turf on the Lower Clarence, the woman contacted Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers.
When 'Massive Mac' was removed from its home under the fridge by a carer, she was alarmed by its size.
"The size of the lizard made me think that it might have been pregnant," the carer posted.
"Every carer I showed pictures of her thought the same thing."
As the lizard was shedding some skin, it was taken home by the carer and cleaned up, before the carer took 'Massive Mac' to the vet.
"Massive Mac was examined by Bangalow vet Dr Megan Kearney who also x-rayed her and found no young inside at all," the carer posted.
"Mac was just enormously fat and weighed 740grams."
So the carer contacted the owner of the fridge again. who told her 'the lizard had been fat for a long time and that she fed it cat biscuits daily.'
To help shed some grams the carer said for the next six months the lizard will be getting UV light, warmth and a diet of fruit and vegetables with minimal protein and carbs.
The carer said the fridge owner was a great example of how a well-meaning but misguided member of the public has contributed to the ill health of an animal and as a consequence sentenced it to a long time in care at some considerable expense.
"A lesson for all that the best food for wild animals is food that they find for themselves," the carer posted.