Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open window

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Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open window

Postby ElliotBeansMom » Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:29 pm

Hi. I may be over concerned but Hestia (6 mo old) got her first exposure to the sun/outside through an open window 4 days ago and has been freaked out ever since. We had the screened window open, sat her on the window sill and after a minute she bearded fully for the first time, flattened and jumped down (not far onto carpet). She ran around bearded and flattened like a maniac until we could throw a shirt over her and get her back in her viv.
We let her be for a day but yesterday and today she seems okay being taken out of her viv but then without warning beards and flattens. When she isn't bearded and flattened she's watching the ceiling. Today she had 2 loose poops. Stress related? Here are some pics
Day 3 reaction[Click image to enlarge]

Day 4 freak out [Click image to enlarge]

On high alert [Click image to enlarge]

Today's poop after all this (she had butternut squash)[Click image to enlarge]


Any suggestions for helping her to calm down?
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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:14 pm

Time heals all.
She most likely saw a bird and it triggered her natural instinct to run/ defend. That's probably why she is looking up at the ceiling (sky) as that's where she saw the bird.
Stress can cause loose stools and it does seem whatever she saw did spook her quite a bit.

She will calm down eventually im sure just keep acting like all is normal and good and it will go back to being that way :)

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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby ElliotBeansMom » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:27 am

Thanks for the reassurance. She is definitely spooked and boy are those instincts strong. This is going to take a while.
My son has started counseling sessions.😊[Click image to enlarge]

We're also keeping her viv covered today after she ran to hide when hearing the crunch of dried out mustard greens.[Click image to enlarge]

I feel so bad for her.
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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby claudiusx » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:48 am

Aww poor girl!

Keep us updated hopefully she starts making some progress with the sessions :)

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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby ElliotBeansMom » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:35 am

Hestia is still pretty spooked. Also when she doesn't act spooked, she's got a real attitude now. Yesterday she didn't eat much so I stuck a few dubias in her lips to get her to eat. Excuse all the calcium dust on my pants.🤣[Click image to enlarge]

Then when I went to give her another - the look I got... She wasn't having it so that was it.
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This morning - back to watching for birds.
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She's like a different lizard. 🙁 I miss my cuddle buddy.
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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby Aaradimian » Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:08 am

Poor thing got a taste of the big, wide world. I guess it's like the teen who gets into their 1st fender bender in that it'll take time for the shock to wear off. The good news is that it will, and you'll soon be back to (good) pancaking and snuggling. :D
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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby ElliotBeansMom » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:34 pm

So when she bearded and gaped today I short circuited her with some carrot. She loves to crunch and she forgot to be scared once she realized there was food near her mouth.
So tonight my snuggle bunny is back!
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And showed her first signs of being lovey again before the snuggles commenced
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I'm sure she will still keep us all safe from the birds and tonight just so happy that she seems more herself.💕💕💕
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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby claudiusx » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:02 pm

That's great news!

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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby ElliotBeansMom » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:11 pm

She did it! We had a warm sunny day and Hestia got over her nerves and enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the encouragement guys!
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Re: Scared for days after 1st exposure to sun though open wi

Postby claudiusx » Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:00 pm

Great news. Time does heal all :)

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