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Posted by birddog5151 on May 01, 2003 at 18:02:05:
In Reply to: normal to jump/attach/hiss posted by shad925 on May 01, 2003 at 03:21:14:
:He/She is getting you to you...they think you are a threat...give em a couple of weeks before you attempt to pick up so they can get used to their surroundings and used to you walking by and feeding them (feed them in the cage for now, but later feed them out when they are more comfortable)...these are really smart lizards and will quickly realize that you are not a threat...unlike dumb agamids like a uromastyx...
I have been very patient with mine and it was easy to handle in the pet shop. Getting it out of the tank sometimes is very easy and others can be a challenge. I have tried getting mine out after it is buried in the substrate by stroking its back and shoulders. Sometimes it is docile as can be and other times it is a snorting, hissing, tail slapping monster. The only way to get it out when it is doing this is what I call the gator grab. Grabbing it quickly so it can't bite. Once out of the tank it settles down quickly and will lay unrestrained in my hand or on my forearm. What can I do to make this a more pleasant experience for both of us?