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Gliders biting each others tails?
Gliders biting each others tails?
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Jan 04 2019
09:20:35 PM
Hi everyone,

This is my first post, but I wanted to ask if anyone had any insight on why my gliders seem to be biting each others tails? I have 2, George and Holly, and Ive had them for 5 years. They are both fine and active. They get aggressive towards each other more often now, but never used to. They are both males.

Any answers or thoughts are greatly appreciated!

Thank you!
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Jan 05 2019
02:43:41 AM
sjusovare Face Hugger Visit sjusovare's Photo Album France 667 Posts
hello, in order to try to pinpoint the possible origin of the issue, we'd need a bit more informations:
are they related?
are they neutered?
is dominance established?
do they eat all their food?
what are the situations when it occures?
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Jan 05 2019
02:41:58 PM
Lucycaitlin13 Starting Member 2 Posts
They are not related. George is 1 year older. I got him in 2013 and Holly a year apart in 2014. They are both neutered. Holly (younger one) has always been more dominant. George is very friendly and bonds easily and Holly was really mean for a long time. He is a lot better now and I can pick him up with ease, but Im still careful on how I do so. George I can just scoop up any old way, but Holly might crab and bite if you dont do it right. They both eat each day and have snacks. Holly will try to take Georges food sometimes, so hell usually go off to a corner to avoid this. When they bite each others tails, the other glider will curl their tail up, almost looks like a knot, and it becomes stiff because they are protecting themselves. Im not sure why theyre doing this, but I went on vacation right before Christmas and my friend watched them for 10 days and told me this was happening. I witnessed it myself last night.

Edited by - Lucycaitlin13 on Jan 05 2019 02:44:12 PM
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Jan 05 2019
03:12:52 PM
BYK_Chainsaw Fuzzy Wuzzy Visit BYK_Chainsaw's Photo Album BYK_Chainsaw's Journal USA 1110 Posts
in the past I have read tail biting or chasing can happen if one is ill.
maybe a vet visit is due.
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Jan 17 2019
08:38:05 PM
ChipandDalesMom Joey Visit ChipandDalesMom's Photo Album 31 Posts
I just brought Dale to the vet Tuesday because he was hissing when he pees and his genitals looked red. He has also been chewing the fur off the end of his tail and Chips (I watched him do both). Dale has a UTI it turns out and we caught it early enough that his urine is still clear. My vet said that the overgrooming is usually from stress and since nothing has changed in his environment is most likely from the UTI. You may want to see your vet even if he doesn't have any other symptoms just to rule out any illness. I was also told that sometimes they do it for reasons only they understand and we can't possibly know what kind of stress their little brain is experiencing (my vets words).
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Gliders biting each others tails?

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