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Posted by RedCoolAid on May 05, 2003 at 15:22:06:
My female yearling bp has been very docile since we got her last fall. Now, all of the sudden she has become mean as snot. She will strike at anything that enters her cage. She sometimes will strike at the top of the cage if you put your hand up there. She is fed an appropriate sized meal weekly, so I don't think it's hunger. She's always been fed in a separate container, so I don't think it's a feeding response. Also, she just shed, so she's not in pre-shed and there are no apparent health problems. Nothing has changed in her environment that I'm aware of. She is still on feed, slamming FT rats hard as usual.
My theory is that she is coming into sexual maturity. Although she's only a yearling, she has gotten pretty big. I'm not sure of the weight, but she's every bit of 3 feet and nicely rounded. Could this be true of a yearling and if so, what should I do? Will this be a passing phase with her? Should I let her alone for a while until this phase passes, or will I have to tame her down again with periodic gently handling? Should I start feeding her more? She is primarily a pet for my kids. I don't want my 8 year old to get tagged and become fearful of his pet. Any advice is greatly appreciated.