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Old 10-02-2013, 09:04 PM
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I brought home my baby bearded dragon yesterday, he was lively in the pet shop, on the way home he was trying to get out the container.

I brought him home and put him in his viv on a log under neath his basking lamp (temp 100F) , he sat there for a bit then went to the cool end which is around 82F ,and has stayed there ever since, he pops his head out the plants every so often, there is poo near the plants so he has come out.

Is this normal ? will he feel more comfortable and start to bask etc ?
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:26 PM
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Perfectly normal, it can takes a few weeks for them to settle in. Just leave him be and don't try to handle him for at least a week while he gets used to his new surroundings
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:28 PM
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Thanks for the reply, put my mind at ease, was concerned he was ill, i have put fresh food in and 5 crickets which seem to be going down, so am guessing hes coming out when the lights are out to feed?.
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yes i would of thought so hun, dont worry as long as your seeing poop you know he is eating.
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:07 PM
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Well its 1 week today since i got my baby beardie, and he's still hiding.
As i understand its natural for this to happen, its frustrating at the same time as i would love to see him sat in his basking spot

Theres always fresh poo when i come home from work and signs he's eating ok, just likes his spot in the top of the plant at the moment i guess.

Should i leave him be for another week ? or would it be ok to try and handle him ?
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:13 PM
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Well its 1 week today since i got my baby beardie, and he's still hiding.
As i understand its natural for this to happen, its frustrating at the same time as i would love to see him sat in his basking spot

Theres always fresh poo when i come home from work and signs he's eating ok, just likes his spot in the top of the plant at the moment i guess.

Should i leave him be for another week ? or would it be ok to try and handle him ?
It wouldn't hurt to have a little go to see how he is. Put your hand near him and see if he'll walk on or gently pick him up without startling him, if he still seems nervous or defensive give him another day and keep trying. If he's not keen on being handled just take it slowly. (Stroke him while he's inside, put your hand out for him to come to you himself, things like that)
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:20 PM
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Ok i'll give that a try in the morning see how it goes.
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No problem, let us know how it works out
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We got our pair last Thursday, the female was fine but the male was a bit timid.

Two days later and we can hold them and feed them with wax worms whilst in our hands. They are both always clawing at the glass to come out. Yours will be fine some are just more timid than others, we found that putting crix in there when they were watching taught them to accociate us with food. We put the crix house in front of the viv and they go mad.
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Old 17-02-2013, 12:48 PM
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Well he was sat near the basking spot this morning, so i carefully slid the door open and attempted to stroke his back, he then darted back to the cool end lol.... more time needed i think.

I was thinking about getting him a friend , whilst there small so they grow up together, is this a good or bad idea ?
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