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    I have had a baby Savannah for about a month now. Too put it bluntly, and lovingly, the guy is a little punk. I had a nice long well written post originally, but it came back with an error, I think because I called him a little [email protected], so now I am just gonna give the quick and dirty, because I don't feel like typing everything over again. Basically every time I handle him, he spends all of his energy on trying to bite me and trying to get away. At this point the bites do not hurt or even break my skin, but I am afraid that when he gets to be 2,3,4 feet liong, I am not going to have any fingers left. I want to know if this is normal or not. I would also like any suggestions on what I can do to tame him. I handle him at least 3 times a week and I stroke him on the back of his head so that he gets accustomed to being touched in a vulnerable area. Any and all suggestions and comments are welcomed.
    Thanks!

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    Re:New Savannah

    i would try to hold him everyday for at least 20 min at a time my baby sav was like that as well but the opposite when i first got him he was fine tempered but the other day while i was cleaning his cage he bit me lol wasn't expecting that at all . since then i have been holding him for a while now and he is slowly but surely getting used to being held ....still skittish but i would be to if i was picked up by a giant compared to my size he will get over it give him time and keep holding him and u should be fine.

    hope this helps

    LEE

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    • #3
      Re:New Savannah

      Just a quick note... all 90 % of all sav babies are skittish, mines a little punk also, doesnt bite but hisses and lashes with his tail, once he is out and being handled he is fine, dont worry, he will get better and quiet down, they almost seem to "grow" out of their little hissy fit stage ;D

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      • #4
        Re:New Savannah

        Yeah, my new save is the same way!! She scrambles around, trying to get out of my hands. She's hissed at me a couple times, but has not bitten me yet. Like Lee said, hold yours every day, sooner or later, they'll become puppy tame.

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        • #5
          Re:New Savannah

          ;D Well everything has been well stated above by the other guys but, I've owned a lot of monitors and you have to remembe rwhen there that small they view you as a threat. In order to get your monitor to calm down you need to hold and play with him alot more then 3 times a week. once a day is best for about 20 mins like lee said..monitors can be tricky little boogers but, with a good amount of handling and patience..they make awesome pets..Just be glad hes not defacating on you this is a nasty habit these little boogers have when there young..

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          • #6
            Re:New Savannah

            yeah i hold mine every day and the little jerk still hisses at me lol. .. dont worry they will get better

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            • #7
              Re:New Savannah

              HAHAHAHHAHA NEVER HAD THAT HAPPEN TO ME YET JAYSON!!! lmao hope it never does as well.

              LEE

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              • #8
                Re:New Savannah

                yeah, flush him down the toilet. Just kidding.

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                • #9
                  Re:New Savannah

                  Obviously he knows what Im talking about lee check out his Name ^

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                  • #10
                    Re:New Savannah

                    Thanks for the feedback! Just to clarify, he does try to poop on me regularly. Now I have a new question. Last night I came home and he was soaking in his water dish. Usually when I walk in, he will immediately bolt into his hiding spot, but he just stayed there and just kinda looked at me. I went over and shut off his light and CHE and he just stayed there apparently pretty content. So i just went about my business pretty sure that as soon as he saw I wasn't looking he would go hide. Before I went to bed I checked on him, and sure enough he was sleeping in his water dish (his head was resting on the edge, not underwater in case you were wondering). So I went to bed, kind of encouraged because he didnt feel the need to hide when I was around, but also a little concerned that something might be wrong. Needless to say that when Iwoke up this morning and he was still in the water dish, I started to get nervous. I gave the glass by him a little tap to make sure he was still alive, and he opened his eyes and glared back at me. I know these guys like to soak, but he had to be in there AT LEAST 12 hours straight... who knows how long he was in there while I was gone for the day. Is this a normal thing? Is it even healthy for him to be in there that long. I noticed he was shedding quite a bit a few days earlier, so I dont know if that has anything to dso with it.
                    Let me know,
                    Thanks

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                    • #11
                      Re:New Savannah

                      Let him poop on yopu a few times. Hell really like it.

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                      • #12
                        Re:New Savannah

                        Asutherland, I think he is fine. I havent owned a Savh monitor but have plenty of Tegus, and they often soak in there bowls for a good amount of time, not that long, but for awhile. As long as he is drinking( have you seen him drink from his bowl) and has most of his shed off, I wouldnt be worried.
                        But check with Bigmitch, zack or LEEEEEEEEE, they know more than me.

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                        • #13
                          Re:New Savannah

                          yeah like welsh said dont worry about it, just make sure his temps are good and that he's drinking. I know that bigmitch's sav sleeps in his water dish all the time, and mine will soak for 3-4 hours at a time. Make sure your temps are about 90 on one side and about 85 on the other side, and your humidity should be around 30 % or average room humidity, they dont require any special humidity ;D

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                          • #14
                            Re:New Savannah

                            Sorry fellas I've been super busy with work lately..Yous Savh is fine mine sleep in the dish all the time ..I've even seen mine sleep with his whole head submerged and just the nostrils out of the water..Ohh and if they do go under don't be to afraid they can hold there breath for a long time!

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