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PostSubject: Mean beardie :(   Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:20 pm

How can we get him too calm down and not bite, doesn't hurt yet but I'm sure when he gets older it will, btw the way he's only about 2 months old.
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:27 pm

Frequent interactions for short periods are better than infrequent long ones. I think most reptiles when young are more jumpy than when they are older. If you work with him frequently for around 10 minutes each time, he should settle down. Be sure to get him out several times a day. Also, fed him by hand. Beardies make great pets, you just need to work with them.
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:41 am

great info Don. I feel that way about our BPs sometimes. even the evil one who bit me... not her fault. the person we got her from doesnt necessarily hold all of his snakes because he has so many and you can tell which ones are used to be handled...

I have found that patience is definatley needed with reptiles.
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:01 am

Thanks for the info , are you saying feed by hand? Live crickets might be tricky, also feeding kale in a.m. We normally put kale in bowl in morning and drop crickets in tank pm lunch time n dinner time before 6pm btw. I keep telling my wife he will come around lol
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:09 am

Feeding with tongs first might be a good way to warm up to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:34 pm

Two months sounds a little young. You really want to wait until the dragon is at least 8'', preferably 10'' before handling except for necessity. They are prey for everything at that size/age, including other bearded dragons so they get stressed very easily and can be skittish until they age.

Try hand feeding dubias instead of crickets. I use my hand instead of tongs but can see needing a tong with crickets. All my adults are handfed dubias and line up at their cage doors when they see me coming! It'll take time, just got to work at it
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:01 pm

Mine is about 10 months and still bites occasionally ( I didn't get him until 8 months old, and he was never handled), Don's advice is good, it takes time sometimes, and I give mine dubias by hand too, he loves them!
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PostSubject: Re: Mean beardie :(   Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:57 am

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