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RE: New Rhino owner with tameing questions

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Posted by: evianjanvier at Tue Jun 11 01:17:04 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by evianjanvier ]  
   

If you purchased the animal that was on fauna then you are talking about an animal that has been bought, sold and shipped twice inside two weeks. These animals are very intelligent and they even imprint on people. Put yourself in his place and try and understand what he is going through. Even if it's not that animal it's best to leave him alone. Feed him and keep his cage clean and limit his stress level as much as possible. You may start by trying to hand feed him some fruit. Sometimes the stomach overrides a lizards best judgement. If he takes food from your hand than thats a good start but don't try and push it too much if he doesn't want to be pet. Let him take the food and leave it at that for a while. I sometimes start by opening the enclosure and just sitting there for a half an hour, sometimes with my hand or arm just laying in the cage motionless. He may eventually become curious and come closer, maybe even lick and smell you. At some point he may even crawl on your hand, if you are patient enough. Baby steps is key because every time you take it too far and scare him and stress him you've just gone two steps backwards. All cyclura are different and will take to people differently. He may have been super tame with his first owner but that doesn't mean he will be that way when he's stuffed in a box and shipped to a place and people he doesn't recognize. My first Rhino I bought from a friend because he said it was crazy and could not be tamed. The moment I brought him home he was puppy dog tame and quickly found his favorite sleeping place and would crawl on my bed and sleep under my pillow every night, till he was too big to do so. He took absolutely no work to tame.

Just be patient and try to put yourself in his shoes, so to speak. Limit his stress and try to end each interaction on a positive note. Some can be a challenge and not all people are up to it. Some animals really make you work for it to earn their trust.

Good Luck


   

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