Topics Forums Frogs – Pixies, Pacmans, & More! my baby pixie frog always get frigten or run away when i go near its enclosure

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    omengo
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    my baby pixie frog always get frigten or run away when i go near its enclosure. how should i get it calm ?

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    ABMoore22
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    Ive never had one, but I pretty much do the same with all my animals, with a few tweaks depending on species. Id just sit my hand in the enclosure (maybe even put him in an empty tub where your hand is the only thing to hide behind. Move as little as possible) near him until he seems like hes used to it. Feed him however you normally do, while your hand is in there. Then feed him on or above your hand. The goal is for them to associate you/hand with positive things. Maybe even slide your hand very slowly underneath him so hes sitting on you. If he accepts being on you always let him go when he wants. Do not pick him up until he is used to your hand being close. You dont want him to think every time you come near it means hes being caught. Right now youre still a predator to him.

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    Zoodulcis
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    AB’s advice is excellent. I would add one more initial step. Cover the cage for an entire day, so that stressful sights are blocked from view. This will allow the stress hormones produced in a fight or flight situation to diminish. Make sure the cover used is very lightweight so that it doesn’t raise the temperature inside the tank too high. Then, the next day, get a good book or your Kindle and sit next to him reading quietly, eyes down on the medium you are reading. No phone, no noises, no staring at him, no hand gestures. Make sure he can see you clearly through the glass of the partially lifted cover. Do this for an hour, then lower the cover and let him think on this. Next day two hours, next day three. On day four, remove the cover. Let him get used to fully viewing the activity in the room for a week. Do not approach the tank and ask other family members not to as well.

    Only when you can stand by his tank with no flight response from him/her should you place your hand inside the tank. Patience is absolutely key in this process.

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      ABMoore22
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      Thats great advice, as always. 🙂 I normally put new animals in a room we pass through multiple times a day, I didnt even think of adding that detail. Its nice getting advice straight from a zoologist!

      • #14097
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        Zoodulcis
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        Old falconers trick. They use hoods, but there are many other ways to simulate that effect!