i've been aiming for just a few minutes so i don't stress them out.
she was verging on almost skinny when i got her, but i've been feeding her more than they were giving her at my school so she's gotten bigger. her energy level has gone up and she's becoming more relaxed when i hold her. at my school we're very careful to keep males and females in separate cages, but there are a couple smaller males that could potentially squeeze through the bars. now that i think of it, though, the males' cages have different tops on them (they're all 10 gallon tanks with wire expansion tops). i'm going to check out the cages when i'm there tomorrow and see if there's any chance one could have gotten out.
today is the first day she's been comfortable enough with me holding her that i could really get a good look at her though.