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Posted by lothar304 on May 12, 2003 at 16:45:17:
In Reply to: taking dragons outside posted by djdhrone on May 10, 2003 at 18:52:05:
I would try to get them acclimated to the sights and sounds of the outdoors by letting them see outside through a window. My beardie loves to plop on the large living room windowsill and stare outside for hours on end. She soaks up the sun and watches all the cars, trees, people, and bugs outside. I swear that she gets mad at me when I put her back in her tank. I think my beardie would like to go outside, but I never take her out because I don't want her to eat a poisonous bug or get spooked by a bird. There are lots of insects and birds of prey where I live, and I just don't want to risk something bad happening to my beardie.
I would try something like this out first, and watch how your beardie reacts to outside sights and sounds. When he seems to be ok with it, or interested in the outdoors, figure out a way to take them outside safely. Always supervise your beardie and protect him. Don't let him eat anything he shouldn't eat. Outdoors bugs are a no-no, as they could carry pesticides. Don't forget that birds have excellent vision, and if there are any hawks or other birds of prey in your area, your beardie could get carried away before you even realize the bird is there. I saw that happen on tv to some kid's pet rat. He had it outside, crawling on the outside of it's cage, when a hawk swooped down and nabbed it.
But anyway, some beardies love the outdoors, some freak out and just want the safety of their terrariums.