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Eventually he will come to love his baths. Socializing beardies is like a dance. Some partners enjoy bold, dramatic moves, others, a more sedate approach. Oscar may prefer the latter approach, although without meeting him it’s hard to be sure. For shy ones it’s less about habituation and more about stress management. Bold animals prefer rapid habituation, where a novel situation is presented until it is no longer novel. Then they can take it for granted and move on to more exciting things. Shy beardies should be handled every other day, for no more than 20 minutes at a time. That 48 hours is what it will take them to process the experience and totally decompress from it, allowing 24 hours with no challenges to the sympathetic nervous system. I don’t know what routine you have established with him, just thought I would share some thoughts.


Dr. Lauren

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