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Big male very territorial - help!

Postby KevinsMom33 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:45 am

Kevin my big man - free range dragon. He’s 6 years old - in great health - He is extra aggressive territorial - head bobbing, black beard, chasing the cats, running across the room, to chase anything away from his stuff. I take poor Nona out her tank to stretch her legs and get done running around time and he doesn’t even have to see her, he just knows - and bang he’s off bobbing and chasing... he’s obsessed or possessed!! Help!! Will it stop ... ???
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby MCHRKiller » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:00 am

Just his personality...one of mine is like this. I would never let them have contact but otherwise just let him him be. In the wild he would probably be very successful; just because his behavior isnt socially acceptable for humans doesnt mean it is wrong or needs to be fixed. Manage him and keep your others safe. Enjoy him...a pissed off beardie is pretty hillarious.
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby KevinsMom33 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:19 am

MCHRKiller wrote:Just his personality...one of mine is like this. I would never let them have contact but otherwise just let him him be. In the wild he would probably be very successful; just because his behavior isnt socially acceptable for humans doesnt mean it is wrong or needs to be fixed. Manage him and keep your others safe. Enjoy him...a pissed off beardie is pretty hillarious.


Too true!! He is hilarious .... he was always a tad territorial especially in the summer - but wow - just never really like this till recently - granted, Nona is a cute little thing that I'm sure he'd like to hump (or kill) - but we'll have none of that behavior in this house thank you very much ... - and he does not like anyone touching his stuff. Its hilarious - one of my cats will be lying down in his area to get some rays from his lights and his throat will puff up and get big and black and runs at them - " mine mine mine" hilarious - I wish I could attach video.
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby MCHRKiller » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:09 pm

Honestly it could have escalated due to her potentially being fertile at this time...even without direct contact they still know...they also still respond to seasonal changes and wild breeding cycles. I only keep males...2 are chill and 1 is like yours. He has the temperament of a pissed off wet cat 24/7.
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:44 am

KevinsMom33 wrote: - and he does not like anyone touching his stuff. Its hilarious - one of my cats will be lying down in his area to get some rays from his lights and his throat will puff up and get big and black and runs at them - " mine mine mine" hilarious - I wish I could attach video.

I'd like to see that too!
I gotta ask... what kind of "stuff" does/could a BD have?
    His enclosure
    His bug bowl
    Some decor item(s) (well, that's really covered under "enclosure")
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby KevinsMom33 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:02 am

I'd like to see that too!
I gotta ask... what kind of "stuff" does/could a BD have?
    His enclosure
    His bug bowl
    Some decor item(s) (well, that's really covered under "enclosure")
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Kevin is free range he has a nice set up on a yoga mat in my dining room with lights and rocks and a space heater - his ""stuff" is anything in my living room, dining room and kitchen, or the front door when he's standing guard ... he makes his rounds, chasing the cats away from what he considers his at that moment - then goes to the front door to look outside - even though I put the glass in for the winter, he still does it everyday - don't worry, he gets plenty of UVB under his lights - but he likes to look outside... sometimes he's fine with the cats sleeping under his lights, sometimes he's not....he's Kevin. Its good to be the king.
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby MrSpectrum » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:09 am

KevinsMom33 wrote:he's Kevin. Its good to be the king.

Now THAT I get! :laughhard:

That is a really nice setup. The only thing that would give me pause is the poo detail (not a criticism--I just don't have the wherewithal anymore :( ). :roll:
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Re: Big male very territorial - help!

Postby KevinsMom33 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:31 pm

The only thing that would give me pause is the poo detail (not a criticism--I just don't have the wherewithal anymore :( ). :roll:[/quote]


Amazingly - hes' actually really good about that - usually right on one of his rocks or on the yoga mat - that's why i switched from a rug to the mat - yoga mats clean up easy with wet wipes... :lol: :lol:
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