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    Hey, i haven't posted in a while and I'll give you the rundown again. I got my roughly four year old crested from an old friend about a year and a half ago. His name is Bea, and he is currently in a 24x24x18, which he's been in for probably a year. It's gotten changed around a bunch but has been the same for like 2 months. He weighs 41g as of Feb 16 (I've weighed him more after that but I've lost those papers and can't remember, also he was 14g when we got him). He eats pangea every night.

    Recently he has been acting insane. I mean he stays in one place during the day but if he hears the lock of his tank or if someone dares reach their hand in he goes mad i feel so bad for the guy. I put a sign on his tank for nobody to handle him exept me (my sisters like to hold the snakes and geckos sometimes) and recently I've been trying to every other night. When I hold him it's pretty hard to get him out but i have to wait until he's cornered and grab him quickly. Once I've got him he likes to curl up by my neck and I keep my hand over him so he feels safe? I sit in the same place, it's always relatively dark in my room, and I use the same hand sanitizer. I always set a five minute timer.

    I'm hoping I'm doing things right and not stressing him out even more, I want him to know that it's safe. My other crestie is younger, handled less often but still is super super chill. If he just needs to stay in the tank than that's ok, I just am really worried I might be stressing him more and that stress might kill him... any tips? thank you
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    Try covering both sides and the back of his enclosure (unless the back sits against a wall) with brown paper from shopping bags. That could help this crestie feel more secure.

    Let us know if this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Try covering both sides and the back of his enclosure (unless the back sits against a wall) with brown paper from shopping bags. That could help this crestie feel more secure.

    Let us know if this helps.
    ah thanks, idk why i didn't do this. I had it blacked out but removed it a while ago for some reason i can't remember. ill let you know if this seems to make a difference in behavior. in the meantime, should i do the holding every other day or no? thanks
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    ah thanks, idk why i didn't do this. I had it blacked out but removed it a while ago for some reason i can't remember. ill let you know if this seems to make a difference in behavior. in the meantime, should i do the holding every other day or no? thanks
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    Bea's come a long ways since you've got him: 14 grams -----> 41 grams!!! I suggest weighing no more often than 1x per month.

    Cover the sides of this crestie's enclosure and eliminate any handling at this time. Perhaps in the future Bea will settle down.

    Add some foliage or Sansevieria (silk or real) inside the enclosure to fill in the "bare" areas. Walmart and JoAnn's are good sources. Exo Terra Jungle Vines are a good choice. I like the effect of a small Jungle Vine twisted with a large Jungle Vine. Diagonally placed bamboo as thick as you can find makes good climbing surfaces. My crestie has wide bamboo that he frequently uses as his "sleeping bag".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    You're welcome.

    Bea's come a long ways since you've got him: 14 grams -----> 41 grams!!! I suggest weighing no more often than 1x per month.

    Cover the sides of this crestie's enclosure and eliminate any handling at this time. Perhaps in the future Bea will settle down.

    Add some foliage or Sansevieria (silk or real) inside the enclosure to fill in the "bare" areas. Walmart and JoAnn's are good sources. Exo Terra Jungle Vines are a good choice. I like the effect of a small Jungle Vine twisted with a large Jungle Vine. Diagonally placed bamboo as thick as you can find makes good climbing surfaces. My crestie has wide bamboo that he frequently uses as his "sleeping bag".
    thanks for the adv! im not home rn but i ended up adding a couple more bamboo sticks and leaves and its overall looking much fuller. i have done no handling whatsoever, the most i do is sometimes when he's sitting on his food bowl in the evenings and i have to change it (he doesnt have a light so it gets darker in there earlier in the day), i'll put my fingers away from the bowl and he will follow them. and i guess try to lick them? i dont know if he'd actually bite me. he never has. anyway, like i said no handling i havent been weighing and i thought i'd do that today. ive noticed he seems a lil skinner than my other crestie and im a liiil concerned, he's always been on the skinny side. he's been eating his food almost every night that i can see (obvious licks).
    weighing is quite the challenge. i have to catch him and i get a little jumpy aswell because he whips around so fast. again, not sure if its bitey or not. do you have any advice to help that go smoother? (im so surprised he hasnt dropped his tail yet tbh)
    sorry grammer is bad, this is kinda rushed lol.
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    edit: i was watching a couple videos on jumpy gecks and they said really to just ease into handling. when could i start?

    edit 2: i do a big full clean of the animals every month and its beas turn very very soon. ive been putting it off tbh (still spot cleaning tho). going about that, i'd just set him in something like a critter keeper while i do it right? it takes abouut 20-mins
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