New dragon behaviour

Booey123

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Rex
Hello all 👋🏼 need some advice. I rescued a 3 year old male 2 weeks ago. When I first had him I could easily pick him up and take him out of his enclosure for some outside time. Over the last few days he is positioning himself so I can’t quite get to him to pick him up, under branches, back of tank. He happily eats out of hand but when I go to pick him up he backs away a little. I don’t want to stress him so don’t try too many times, just leave my hand in the tank so he knows I’m not a threat. He doesn’t run or hide when I approach his enclosure though. Is it just a relocation thing and he’s just getting used to a new home and me? I’m new to this and just want to make his life as happy as possible. Last thing I want to do is upset him. I’m worried that it’s been a few days since handing and this will have some negative effects on our bonding, his beard is also a little darker 💚 Thank you ☺️
 

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KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Hello all 👋🏼 need some advice. I rescued a 3 year old male 2 weeks ago. When I first had him I could easily pick him up and take him out of his enclosure for some outside time. Over the last few days he is positioning himself so I can’t quite get to him to pick him up, under branches, back of tank. He happily eats out of hand but when I go to pick him up he backs away a little. I don’t want to stress him so don’t try too many times, just leave my hand in the tank so he knows I’m not a threat. He doesn’t run or hide when I approach his enclosure though. Is it just a relocation thing and he’s just getting used to a new home and me? I’m new to this and just want to make his life as happy as possible. Last thing I want to do is upset him. I’m worried that it’s been a few days since handing and this will have some negative effects on our bonding, his beard is also a little darker 💚 Thank you ☺️
Relocation stress- and he needs to learn to trust you- go slow keep hand feeding him- place a piece of clothing or a fleece blanket I his tank something w/ your scent on it - Also make sure your surface basking temps are 95-100 taken w a digital probe thermometer- and a long tube fixture for a uvb- no coils please-- if you need recommendations I can post links
 

Booey123

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Relocation stress- and he needs to learn to trust you- go slow keep hand feeding him- place a piece of clothing or a fleece blanket I his tank something w/ your scent on it - Also make sure your surface basking temps are 95-100 taken w a digital probe thermometer- and a long tube fixture for a uvb- no coils please-- if you need recommendations I can post links
Thank you so much for your reply. I have the Arcadia ProT5 12% and the Arcadia 100w basking light. His basking temp is around 100 taken with a lazer temp gun. I’ve read so many things and I’m so worried he’s stressed out. Is it okay to just leave him and not handle for a few more days? It’s getting on for nearly 5. I know it will take time but want to start off on the right foot. I’ve added a couple of pics of his set up and where he’s chilling at the moment. Any more advise is greatly appreciated 💚
 

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Booey123

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Thank you so much for your reply. I have the Arcadia ProT5 12% and the Arcadia 100w basking light. His basking temp is around 100 taken with a lazer temp gun. I’ve read so many things and I’m so worried he’s stressed out. Is it okay to just leave him and not handle for a few more days? It’s getting on for nearly 5. I know it will take time but want to start off on the right foot. I’ve added a couple of pics of his set up and where he’s chilling at the moment. Any more advise is greatly appreciated 💚
Just to add, in the last picture there is a coil uvb but this is not plugged in. Had issues with faulty Arcadia uvb bulbs so this is just a back up fixture either for uvb or a ceramic heat bulb if ever needed.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Just to add, in the last picture there is a coil uvb but this is not plugged in. Had issues with faulty Arcadia uvb bulbs so this is just a back up fixture either for uvb or a ceramic heat bulb if ever needed.
Interesting on the Arcadia bulbs but there is always that possibility --- please keep a back up of the Arcadia 12% bulb --- coils are NO good -- is the distance for the UVB 12-15 inches? Where are you getting the UVB bulbs from? On line or a pet store? CHE's are good for night time temps -- 65-75 -- the digital probe thermometers are the most accurate - please get two of them - IR guns and are good but cannot read off of certain basking materials -
 

Booey123

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Interesting on the Arcadia bulbs but there is always that possibility --- please keep a back up of the Arcadia 12% bulb --- coils are NO good -- is the distance for the UVB 12-15 inches? Where are you getting the UVB bulbs from? On line or a pet store? CHE's are good for night time temps -- 65-75 -- the digital probe thermometers are the most accurate - please get two of them - IR guns and are good but cannot read off of certain basking materials -
Thank you, getting the Arcadia uvb bulbs from Swell online as no stores where I live (Jersey, Channel Islands) stock Arcadia anymore. I have 2 back ups of each bulb. Distance is roughly 17 inches as fixed inside the enclosure. I’ll order the digital probe thermometers now.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
Thank you, getting the Arcadia uvb bulbs from Swell online as no stores where I live (Jersey, Channel Islands) stock Arcadia anymore. I have 2 back ups of each bulb. Distance is roughly 17 inches as fixed inside the enclosure. I’ll order the digital probe thermometers now.
Ok that is where I send UK people to get those fixtures and bulbs - they must of gotten a bad batch in as that sometimes happens w/ all of them -- distance is good -- let him adjust to his tank and surroundings and pet him in the tank -- he should come around
 

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Your setup looks very nice, interact with him but maybe do so inside his habitat for a few days, he is just scared, his whole world just changed, have patience with him and he will come around, they always do. 🙂
 

Booey123

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Heres an update for you guys as it all’s taken a very positive turn 😊 Seems he was a little constipated and was grumpy because he couldn’t go. He’s done the biggest poop and is such a happy boy now. Even asking for pets in his playpen and had my first neck snuggle 🤗 But, now he’s back in his viv and keeps giving me the stink eye as he wants to be out. Have a great New Year
 

xp29

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Thats great!! And they are great at stink eye lmao 🤣
 

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