Not so friendly Beardie
Hi! I'm new to your forum and I'm hoping that someone will be able to give me some advice/suggestions about some of my pet questions. I have had a few pets in my past and I'm sure I could be of some help for others about their questions. I've had past experiences with land & water turtles, a Garter snake, bullfrogs, Anoles, parakeets, fresh water fish, a Pug-Cha-Poo and a Fox Terrier.
I presently have a Bearded Dragon in my zoo which is not living up to it's friendly personality that it's suppose to have. It's a young one - about 10 weeks old, about 8" long X 1 1/2" wide. It's living in a pretty good environment - 40 gal. tank, both UVA & UVB lights, fed around 4-5 gut loaded crickets a day(twice a week they're dusted), a small dish of veggies, and water sprayed on the head with water about 3x a day. It lives like a king.
I've been trying to pick up this feisty little creature at least twice a day for the pass 2 weeks and only was able to actually hold it twice. 5 days ago he latched on to my finger for a moment and ever since each day when I reach in the tank his mouth gaps open ready to attack or it will run away in a panic mode. I still try to pick him up expecting a chomping is bound to happen. Thank goodness he doesn't have teeth! What must I do in order to keep our contact friendly? I know it will be better to correct this now than when it's 20" or more in length with a much stronger grip. - Chicojo