A new keeper's guide to the Pogona Rankini / Henrylawsoni Dragon

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 Post subject: They hide when they see me! :(
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:35 pm 
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Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:24 pm
Hello all,

I have had my two new baby rankins for nearly two weeks. When i got them they were a little bit skittish but would still sit there watching me doing their own thing.

They will eat from my hands, take baths without a fuss and behave normally when i'm sat on the sofa just chilling for the other side of the room. But whenever i'm just walking past the Viv doing own stuff around the house they bolt into into their hide, as if they forgot who i am and how big i am so think i'm a predator coming to get them.

I feel so bad every time i need to walk past and it terrifies them, i have tried walking slowly but that works sometimes but i cant spend my whole day walking around like. I cant really move the Viv all i could do is cover the front but im a afraid they will then become even more alienated.

Thanks for reading.

 Post subject: Re: They hide when they see me! :(
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:41 am 
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Pet Dragon Info:
Rankins: Mitzi (F).
Beardies: Luca (M), Mocha (M)
Blue Tongue Skinks: Teal (F), Cinnamon (?)
Giant Mexican Horned Lizards: Linus (M), Louis (M)
Uromastyx: Brian (M), Chloe (F), Kora (F), Kami (M), Melody (F), Murray (M), Omar (M)

Although disturbing this is pretty normal. Like most lizards to a Rankins territory is established by what it can see. When that scenery changes they become stressed but will eventually adjust and settle down. This adjustment period varies but on average it can take between 3 and 6 weeks. You can try to mitigate things by getting some cardboard and cutting it so that it covers the lower two-thirds of any glass areas they can see out of (leaving the top third exposed so they can see out). Try this for a few weeks and see how they get on (and don't change anything in the enclosure - no cage cleaning, it destroys their scent markers). Once their stress levels are down you can consider removing the cardboard and cleaning the enclosure.

Hope this helps,

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted" - Prof. Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
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