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Also got THREE MORE hamster bites yesterday. Those jerks!!

I hate those damned hamsters!! I had a Syrian and a pair of Russians aspets and they were just fine, ... to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."[/nq]HEY you be nice now. My little girls would bite too but you have to know why. I hurriedly picked one up without washing after the last one I held(another female) and I got a bite NO ONE could top. This thing latched on and would NOT let go. I retracted spontaniously to find SHE did not. Right to the bone clamped on. More blood than I could contain leaving me with a hole you would not want to write about.
I now call her Chopper. But that was only once. My girls and guy are Syrians too needing to be housed alone. Another example of Petco not telling you when you walk out with three. Then ending up with 9 or 10 or so once that two had this unexpected blind date.(Wrong tank right time;) I like to say I had 100 gallons of hamsters each in their own 10 Gal tank.
Proctor
Ya. I knew there would be many reasons. I am ... real pet but would a Reptile so this also? P

I doubt. It will become more savage than before and run away from you faster. Anna

No no no no no no no no : )
As you can see, I wouldn't recommend free-range lizards. However, you could build an out side cage from screen and 2x2's that you can place your animal in during warm weather. If you do this, make sure that it is not a glass cage (greenhouse effect), and that there is a portion of the cage that stays shaded.
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I doubt. It will become more savage than before and run away from you faster. Anna

No no no no no no no no : ) As you can see, I wouldn't recommend free-range lizards. However, ... thatit is not a glass cage (greenhouse effect), and that there is a portion ofthe cage that stays shaded. -Ryan

Then insert a comfortable seat so you can stay there and read a book while he's getting more used to your presence.
Anna
Ya, I could turn my screenhouse in something like that!
I hate those damned hamsters!! I had a Syrian and ... up with flying lessons after latching onto my fingers

HEY you be nice now.

As if I would really fling them across the worktop!
My little girls would bite too but you have to know why. I hurriedly picked one up without washing after ... clamped on. More blood than I could contain leaving me with a hole you would not want to write about.

That sounds exactly like the bite one of my male guinea pigs inflicted on me. Entirely my own fault of course!
I had two male brothers that lived together, and although it's usually inadvisable to keep males together, these two were fine. Anyhow, I also had two lovely females (living separately) to breed with them and after spending a week in with their respective girls, I put them back in their own cage. They immediately attacked each other so I had to grab one to remove him and that's when he sank his teeth into my finger!
I don't think he meant it and thought he was biting his brother, but boy did that hurt Emotion: sad Right down to the bone on both sides and blood everywhere! It took months to heal properly and left me a lovely scar as a reminder LOL!
And here's me worrying about getting bitten by a snake! ... I doubt that would be anywhere near as bad, or painful.
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Oh Ya. I believe it. My very first hamster bit was my first attempt at keeping them I had no idea they had to be housed seperately. I had two mature females together in a three level cage so they could stay away from each other if they wanted to. I knew something was not right then they faced each other and began a fight that reminded me of two wild bears only smaller. They were on their hind legs face to face going at it like lightning. I could not even see their paws move that's how fast it was. There was a sound like I had never heard before or since and hope I never do. I reached in to seperate them and boy was I surprised.

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Make sure the comfy reading seat isn't directly under the iggy's perch...you don't want to become the convenient target of a reptilian cruise missle...er, poo..
Chaosmage
I have to definitely say that IGUANAS RULE! At least my six do. They are:
1. ALL potty trained (they don't pooh in their enclosures unless absolutelynecessary)

2. sleep with blankets and small pillows
3. have an array of heating rocks, heating pads, uv day and night lights,etc

4. all get bathed EVERY DAY with a very mild antibacterial aloe liquid soap
5. cages and tanks get cleaned every day
6. food and water fresh 2x a day
7. all have "iggy fat" tires around their middles (I'm serious)
8. all have distinct personalities
9. know their names
10. are spoiled beyond wordsIggy Bios:
Toni - Rescued over 7yrs ago March 1996. Malnourished, covered in mites, a twisted thumb and starved. She had been hit by her owner's father when she only measured 7" from snout to tail tip. She wouldn't eat without being force fed for the first 2 months.
Rush - Given to us by his former owner 7yrs ago October 1996; had been abused by her nephew with a water gun, afraid of children to this day. He was malnourished, weak jaws, nutrient deficient with very early stages of metabolic bone disease. He measured about 8" from snout to tail tip.

Kermi - Rescued over 3yrs ago May 2000. He had been abandoned in an empty apartment with no food, heat or lighting in a dirty cage for over a week. He stood about 3" high and was 4" from snout to tail tip and was malnourished and starved with 2 types of parasitical worms.
Sasha - Given to us 3mos ago, November 2002, by owners who had gotten her from someone else, but didn't know how to take care of her. Malnourished, weak and swollen jaws, bacterial infection, early stages of metabolic bone disease and curved spine. She measured 13-14" from snout to tail tip.

Big Ben - Rescued 2/1/03. A 13 yr old 5'4 adult, abused since an early age with severe scar tissue from animal bites (most probably canine), old bone breaks (broken upper jaw, cause unknown and several broken ribs from kicks) and cigarette burns that all healed badly; malnourished, missing front teeth, weak jaws, a bacterial infection and partially blind. He also demonstrated behavior of being beaten. Despite his overall condition, he is our gentlest and sweetest iggy.
Boris - Given to us by a concerned friend of an unfit owner on 3/10/03. He was dehydrated, constipated due lack of proper heating, lighting and diet, malnourished and 2 toes broken off at the first and second joints. Owner's child would terrorize him; very skittish and scared. He measured 13-14" from snout to tail tip. He's a 5yr old and very small for his age.

Always, the Mama Iggy
I hate those damned hamsters!! I had a Syrian and a pair of Russians as pets and they were just ... to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."

One of the saddest reptile injuries I ever saw was back in Texas. A pet store employee had thrown a live hamster (was supposed to be killed first) in with their adult savannah monitor, and the little monster bit the poor monitor right through the tongue. Poor thing was in very obvious pain.
Jennifer
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