For the first couple of days after introducing your Rankin to it's new home, it is best
to handle him as little as possible and allow him to settle in his new surroundings. If your Rankin is less than 6" it is best not to handle him at all, as they can be rather fragile when young. Instead, offer him food by hand making sure that you approach him slowly and preferably not from above. After a while the Rankin will come to understand that you aren't a threat to him and will no longer try to scurry away when your hand goes near by. Once you are at this stage you may start to
regularly handle him.
Gently scoop your dragon from underneath, it is usually easiest to slide a few fingers under its chest from the front. Support the underside as you lift him up. Once trust has been gained, gesturing with your hand under his chest will usually result in him walking straight on to your palm.
Remember that room temperature is usually a lot lower than the vivarium, so keep an eye on how long he is out. We tend to handle ours for 20 mins a day before returning them to their warm vivarium to heat up again. It is not uncommon for them deficate while outside so becareful what you let them walk over while they're out and of course avoid taking them out when other pets are present, as this may stress them out.
Always wash your hands before handling lizards and use an anti-bacterial handwash afterwards. We recommend the alcohol type that evaporates as you rub, containing Triclosan or similar, to kill off any Salmonella strains. It's fast and efficient at killing off the nasties.
Tips: Do not pick up or pull the Rankin by its tail. Support the Rankin's whole body weight from underneath. Do not lift him from the top or by the edges of his hard upper skeleton.