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Aug 10 2015
11:16:47 AM
So I know at first gliders are not going to love u but I'm wondering if one of my gliders is aggressive. I just got them yesterday and im not touching or interacting with them right now so that they can get used to there new home and stuff. They are 2 males and they are 8 weeks oop. So whenever I move at all around there cage they freak out and run to the other side of the cage. Also whenever I go to put there food in the cage one of them isn't too afraid and kind of goes up to it even but the other one doesn't want anything to do with me if my hand gets anywhere near him he holds one paw in the air and crabs like crazy he even crabbed once when I was outside of the cage. I know I'm probably over reacting but I just wanna know if this is normal.
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Aug 10 2015
11:18:58 AM
xXChloeXx Joey 13 Posts
Oh and I know it's really early on to be worried I'm just curious
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Aug 10 2015
11:32:21 AM
Bossihamham Glider Visit Bossihamham's Photo Album Bossihamham's Journal 195 Posts
I think you're just over reacting. You have to understand that to the gliders you look like a giant monster. For now just let them get used to their surroundings. Try giving them treats. Make sure you put their food in their cage before they wake up. You can even make your hand a fist and put your hand I the cage and let the glider come to your hand to smell it. Make sure not to make any sudden movements that could scare them. Give it some more time and let them warm up to you. Congrats on your sugar babies.
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Aug 10 2015
11:35:10 AM
sjusovare Face Hugger Visit sjusovare's Photo Album France 676 Posts
To me there's nothing outside of the norm there. At 8 weeks OOP, they are really young, put yourself in their "shoes" to see things from their perspective :

*They've been taken from their home, separated from their parents, put in a strange place with lots of weird sounds and smells they never encountered before...
*On top of that a giant creature is moving outside the place they've been trapped in and that giant even sometimes grabs inside... "what does this monster want? eat us perhaps?"


Knowing that, it's not surprising they just try to get on the opposite side of the cage when you are near, or that one of them try to scare you by crabbing, he is just scared to death. They just need some time to get used to you and see that you are not a threat ;)
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Aug 10 2015
12:21:25 PM
xXChloeXx Joey 13 Posts
Ok sounds good thank you for the tips
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Aug 10 2015
03:36:53 PM
Blue Nostalgic Fuzzy Wuzzy Visit Blue Nostalgic's Photo Album 1422 Posts
^ yes to the above.

You've also noticed something that is quite common...one is more curious and accepting than the other. This is very frequently seen and is one of the reasons it is so good to buy pairs. It always seems that one is the "brave" one and will be the first to check you out and then tell the other that you are ok. It may take awhile for the second to respond, but that's just how it goes. Nothing is text book, however...they each have their own personalities.

Have your food in before they wake up. Keep the area around their habitat rather quiet and calm for several days. Spend time while they are awake just sitting by the cage quietly, watching, whispering/talking softly. Keep the lighting low (a phone, ipad etc to pass the time). This offers them no threat and they will become accustomed to your smell, sound, etc. After a while you can start offering them treats, through the bars if you find that they are still hand shy.

Be patient, steady and calm. They'll come around and you'll all have such fun.

Congrats!
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Aug 10 2015
05:17:46 PM
GLIDEIT Super Glider Visit GLIDEIT's Photo Album Canada 330 Posts
Every glider I've ever got was the most skittish the first couple days home, leaping and running around the cage so quick it almost seemed like they were teleporting! They are prey animals so any big changes throw them off and get them acting on instinct. Especially for baby gliders.

Give them some space for a couple days to settle down, if you push too fast you could traumatize them. Don't do anything for a couple days aside from feed/water them and speak quietly with no quick movements when you are near their cage.

They're not aggressive, they're just terrified of all the newness. We've all been through this, it'll get better, don't worry!
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Aug 10 2015
09:33:24 PM
astockd1 Face Hugger Visit astockd1's Photo Album 478 Posts
Yes, this is very normal! It's good to give them a few days to chill out - they need to get used to the new smells and sounds. They are scared, but it helps that they have each other. Shelter them from any and all strong lights, strong sounds, or strong smells. They also don't like sudden movements, so move slowly when they can see you. Make sure they have plenty of fleece to sleep in and some things to do - what kind of wheel do you have? Also, what are you feeding them? Just making sure - a lot of new owners don't know how to properly feed them. During the day when they are asleep, you can grab their sleeping pouch with them in it and hold it shut, and just hold them on your lap for awhile.
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Aug 11 2015
08:40:16 AM
xXChloeXx Joey 13 Posts
I feed them in the evening a little before they wake up I give them some fruits and veggies in a bowl along with a thawed out frozen food mixture. They have been eating it all by the next morning. I know it's not necessary but I also give them a few pellets in there cage for if they get hungry during the day. The one who was more tame seems a lot calmer he even kind of walked on my hand today when I was changing their pellets and sniffed my hand and stuff but the other one still crabs a lot whenever he sees me which is understandable. I'm just really scared to pick them up now and I know that it's all an act and the worst they can do is bite but the crabbing is very intimidating. And they did bite me a few times when we were with the breeder and it doesn't really hurt that bad? Were they just nipping me and are there harder bites or something? Thanks for your feedback.
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Aug 11 2015
10:14:45 AM
Blue Nostalgic Fuzzy Wuzzy Visit Blue Nostalgic's Photo Album 1422 Posts
There can definitely be harder bites. They seem to go through a "terrible twos" stage (not at two years old ) where they test their boundaries and can get carried away with the biting. If it happens we can cross that bridge with you when you get to it.

As other's have mentioned...don't be concerned with "picking them up" (none like to be literally "picked" up, but prefer to step on to a hand, scooped gently, or in their pouch if they need to be moved, etc.). They really shouldn't be handled much at this stage in their "greetings" with you. Keeping a safe distance while they settle in is best as you begin to move toward the bonding phase. It is a very good sign that your one little one is checking you out while you are putting in the food.

Him testing the water with you, so to speak, will in time bring the other one's curiosity into play and that one will want to check out what sort of being you are as well.
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Aug 11 2015
02:06:37 PM
xXChloeXx Joey 13 Posts
It's amazing how fast they have progressed! I have them both in a bonding cube I made which I put them in about 2 hours ago and I tucked them in my sports bra and they barely are crabbing at all. I have been walking around with them doing what I usually do like people recomended and they are both a lot less scared. The tame one comes and pops his head out to say hi and it's really cute. is taking little treats from me no problem letting me pet him and licking yogurt and honey type stuff of my finger (don't worry I don't give him too much) the other one is still pretty skittish he is usually the one crabbing if I hear crabbing but he licked some food of my finger a few times and he hasn't been lunging holding his paws in the air or trying to bite me. Thank you so much for all your tips!
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