Aggression

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Aggression

Postby Millar1996 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:25 pm

Hiya I rescued 3 bearded dragons and they all settled in ok but one is really aggressive towards me and bite me when I try to pick him up is there any tips or tricks to help tame him any help will be appreciated
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Re: Aggression

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:41 pm

First are they all in separate tanks? What kind of lighting are in the tanks? Tubes or coil UVB's? What are the basking temps and how are you taking them? No stick ons-- how old are the dragons? Need some back ground on the dragon and the husbandry before we can find out what the cause for the aggression is
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Re: Aggression

Postby Millar1996 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:48 pm

Yes they all in separate tanks I have uvb tubes and UVA bulbs in.each of there tanks they around 9 months old they all came from a woman who look after them very well but couldnt look after them anymore the basking temp are at 32 celecus by digital temperature gun
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Re: Aggression

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:55 pm

Are you in the UK? And do your UVB's have reflectors on them? What size tanks are they in ? How are you taking the basking temps? NO stick ons they are inaccurate-- basking temps need to be 95-110 taken w/ a digital probe thermometer -- you should have 3 temps ranges going in the tank 95-110 for basking warm which is usually the middle of the tank at 90 and cool side of tank 80's during the day and nite time not below 65 and 70's all Fahrenheit
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Re: Aggression

Postby Millar1996 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:04 pm

Yea I'm in the uk I take temperature by a digital thermometer sorry my spelling terrible the basking side is 98f(36c)and the cool side is 82f (30c)and at night it 69f (20c) and yes my UVb have reflectors on they are each in 5 foot tanks
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Re: Aggression

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:09 pm

Ok so the UVB are what T 8's or T 5's --- I need to rule lighting out for the aggressive one-- that why all the questions-- distance plays a key role here w/ the difference in the bulbs and it can cause aggression in dragons so lets get this issued ruled out first --- next can the dragons see one another? Do you know the sexes of them?
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Re: Aggression

Postby Millar1996 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:13 pm

The vets who I took them two said they all 3 males they are t8 and no the dragon cant see each other I had bearded dragons before but not ones that are so young
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Re: Aggression

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:20 pm

Ok good do not let them see each other being all males --- the T 8's are how old? They need to be changed out every 6 months -- and distance they need to be inside the tank approx 6-8 inches from the decor piece and nothing obstructing the UVB bulb means NO clear plastic cover over the bulb --- if that is all good not sure why one is more aggressive --- was he ever handled like the others?
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Re: Aggression

Postby Millar1996 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:26 pm

About 2 weeks old the t8 and as see that nothing blocking it no I dont think he was handle as much as the other ones as the other ones opening there tanks and put my hand down they seem to climb on and love to be held
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Re: Aggression

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:33 pm

Ok well your gonna haft to work w/ him then -- I would start hand feeding him get your hands in the tank as much as you can -- put a piece of clothing or fleece blanket something w/ your smell on it in his hide so he gets used to your smell --- talk to him - you will need to have patience w/him -- hes gonna need to learn to trust you -- as long as your lighting and basking temps are good and hes eating and pooping you should be good -- they all will go thru relocation stress so they will slow down on their eating -- here is a website for nutrition ignore the kale thing its a good staple feeder
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html I would get them some worms like mario worms some horn worms and some meal worms -- feed them salads every day -- you got 3 of them they are gonna be spendy to keep fed -- and they are still growing --
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Re: Aggression

Postby Millar1996 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:40 pm

Dosnt matter the cost lol I been feeding them Mario worms and mill worms and kale and bell pepper also the bearded dragon juvenile pellets I start working with him and try them.on horn worms hopefully he get better thank u so much for ur help
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Re: Aggression

Postby Draven88 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:22 pm

Just want to add a few things from my experience. Some beardies will deal with relocation better than others, so some of the aggression could be in part to the new surroundings. Also I have seen that some will bond with those they are used to but new people can be scary at first.

In the end as mentioned it just takes some working with them. Starting just by having your hands near them, you want to see them paying attention and really thinking not just reacting. Fear causes them to react instinctively, but when they stop slow down watch what your doing without fear but interest is when they start learning you aren't a threat. Over time you will get closer and closer without a bad reaction until you are able to handle them and they enjoy it.
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