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aggressive dragon behavior? and more

Postby moonstonefire » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:54 pm

hi all! recently I've been having problems with my dragon's behavior. I'll include all of her information below

name: Cynder
gender: female
age: about 2 years
tank: 40 gallons
heating & UVB: zoo med 75w repti basking lamp & reptisun 10.0 uvb (typically on for 12 hrs now)
diet: mainly fruits and veggies and superworms here and there. horn worms are given as a treat sometimes.
housing: basking area is a perfect distance from the heating lamp, it's a reptile hammock and boy does she love it! she has a log hide and some rocks and fake plants. on the cool side of the tank is a large water dish. the warm side is usually around mid to high 90's.

to begin, she's been a bit aggressive. I'm not sure if it's just hormonal or not? she's never laid eggs. I do have a tub of coconut fiber prepared just incase she possibly gets them. sometime's when I go to handle her or just put my hand in the cage she'll open her mouth and hiss. she never bites, just tries to seem intimidating I suppose? she's come to not like being handled either, which makes me a bit sad :( She's started glass surfing pretty often. I assume she wants out, but when I take her out she runs back to her cage and glass surfs on the outside as if she wants back in. she hasn't been eating as much lately but I think that's just brumation, as she doesn't seem sick or anything. she is pooping as normal though! I've come to notice a repeating pattern though. when she has to poop she'll glass surf like crazy until she's done it. I'm not sure if that's normal or not. I got her as a baby, and she certainly didn't act like this for the first year or so that I owned her.

I know dragons can have different personalities and perhaps this could just be hers, but I don't wanna just assume it's that if I'm possibly doing something incorrect without knowing. again, she hasn't always acted like this, it's something she recently has been like. due to covid, I haven't been able to go out and get her insects as often as I used to. I try my best to give her the proper diet but I fear that I could be doing a bad job. I'd hate to have to re-home her because of this, but it does cross my mind from time to time :( maybe I'm just overthinking, but I'd love second opinions

I appreciate if you've read everything <3
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Re: aggressive dragon behavior? and more

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:29 am

Your UVB is a coil or a tube? Where in the tank is it? Top of screen or inside the tank?
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Re: aggressive dragon behavior? and more

Postby moonstonefire » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:47 am

KarrieRee wrote:Your UVB is a coil or a tube? Where in the tank is it? Top of screen or inside the tank?
Karrie


it's a coil on top off the tank, but I've been meaning to change to a tube that'll be put inside. my only issue is that I can't seem to get my hands on a good quality one. they're either sold out or have bad reviews. if you know anywhere online that has good ones in stock I'd love to know! do you suppose that could be the sudden change of attitude?
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Re: aggressive dragon behavior? and more

Postby KarrieRee » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:54 am

Yes ditch the coil please ---- go here and order ASAP these people are fast and good and they sell out of these hoods very fast along w/ the bulbs
Get a 24" for a 40 + gallon tank - https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... -hood.html this hood comes w/ a 5.0 bulb hang on to it you can use it as a back up
Get this bulb a 22" they are one of the best on the market
https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... vb-t5.html
Let me know when you get this I will help you place it in your tank
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Re: aggressive dragon behavior? and more

Postby moonstonefire » Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:14 pm

KarrieRee wrote:Yes ditch the coil please ---- go here and order ASAP these people are fast and good and they sell out of these hoods very fast along w/ the bulbs
Get a 24" for a 40 + gallon tank - https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... -hood.html this hood comes w/ a 5.0 bulb hang on to it you can use it as a back up
Get this bulb a 22" they are one of the best on the market
https://www.pangeareptile.com/store/zoo ... vb-t5.html
Let me know when you get this I will help you place it in your tank
Karrie



just purchased! thank you so much for the help! :)
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Re: aggressive dragon behavior? and more

Postby Selkie1993 » Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:53 pm

Hey there!

I'm a pretty new owner, but it sounds like part of this is hormonal. Drogon doesn't poo in his tank and starts running all over to poo outside the tank on a paper towel V_V smh.

Are you trying to grab her from the top of the cage? Usually top-grabbing can remind them of predators such as birds trying to grab her. I have my dragon in an aquarium and try to scoop under his belly so he doesn't freak out.

The coil issue also might make her cranky!

Let us know if she keeps up her sassy behavior ;)
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