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#20017 - 04/17/04 10:53 AM Baby Twitching. Normal?

I don't even know if this will work... LoL, but I am trying to upload a small video I took today. I have noticed, that my new little rejected joey, (that I am TRYing desperately to keep alive), I notice that while she is sleeping, or even half asleep-half awake... she twitches. Now, I don't know if I'm paranoid...because I always think there's an underlying reason that Babies are rejected...

Anyway, can this be considered normal? Could it be, like...muscle growth? Or is it a possibility that there is something wrong with her? Do any of you, (experienced with joeys and breeding) ever see your new joeys twitch this way?

Just a little back-ground, (I'm not sure if it applies). The baby is female, 15 days old, rejected from day one, and her name is Sophie). <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/heartpump.gif" alt="" />

And a note and/or question to the moderators: If this video thing doesnt work, or I need to something different, or fix something, LoL, I am a rookie, so please help me. If it works fine, then pay no attention to me. LoL ThankYou. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

Okay... LoL. Well, the video didn't submit properly, so I will post the thread by itself and maybe someone can teach me how to load up a 14 second video clip later today. ThankYou!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

#20018 - 04/17/04 01:24 PM Re: Baby Twitching. Normal? [Re: ]

Hey! I am not a breeder or anything but my sugar glider Lilo has already had 2 litters....the first one was a girl and then the second were twins. Anyway both of the litters were not rejected and they still twitched like that. So I'm pretty sure that it is normal for them. They grow out of it after about a month(that's about the time it took mine). And if you are still worried about this then just keep an eye on the joey. So if this continues for a long period of time(few months) I think you should post again and see what other people say. Or you could take your joey to the vet. There are also a lot of internet sites on sugar gliders and breeders that you can get in contact with on the page with all of the links on it. Well I hope I help a little with the situation...and Good Luck with the little one!

#20019 - 04/17/04 02:48 PM Re: Baby Twitching. Normal? [Re: ]

My gliders sometimes twitch when they are sleeping, because they are's actually really funny. I had one glider that layed on her back in my hand and was making motions as if she were running on the wheel!!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" />

#20020 - 04/18/04 01:39 PM Re: Baby Twitching. Normal? [Re: ]

I have noticed that very young joeys will make sort of erratic jerky movements here and there. I think it might be because they haven't opened their eyes yet and really don't know what they're moving amongst? I hope all is well with the little one Amy <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumb.gif" alt="" />

#20021 - 04/18/04 01:55 PM Re: Baby Twitching. Normal? [Re: ]

Thanks Monkey-Ken. I appreciate it. Every time I hear someone say it's probably normal, I get a little more relieved. LoL. I will definitely keep an eye on her. I had twin Girls a month ago, this small, and maybe I wasn't so paranoid then, but I didn't remember this doing this so much. I think I am only over-concerned with wee Sophie because she was rejewcted, and I can't be certain there wasn't a reason, other than Aspen being a bad Momma. Anyway, thankyou for your reply. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Hiya JellBean, I know what you mean, LoL, sometimes one of my females will will twitch in her sleep like that, but it's only once in a while. It just seemed like Sophie twitched more often than not, and I worry about her. But like I said, I am probably just paranoid, and there's no reason to worry. Hopefully she will grow out of it... ThankYou! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

Hey There Big Ern! Good to hear from you! I think you have a very good point. That young babies will twitch if they can't see what they're around, but Sophie has had her eyes open for a week now. So I am not sure, maybe she's just a slow progresser and it will take her extra time to grow out of things, or INto things, since she was rejected and has had such a rough start to Life. ANYway, I think maybe she's okay, so I will just keep an eye on her and see. I'll keep ya posted though! Thanks for Your reply, and Take Care! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />

#20022 - 04/18/04 02:15 PM Re: Baby Twitching. Normal? [Re: ]

The nervous system of the immature can do this. Opposing muscle groups of extension and flexion counteract each other's rapid, uncontrolled movements. One group fires causing movement of the limb, and stretching of the opposing muscle group. Then the other group over-reacts and pulls the limb back the other way, leading the first group to again react, and so on. Some muscle groups also can have fasciculations, little quivering-like movements. They can happen to any age, but seem more prevalent in the very young.

"Jerky movements" and "twitching" can also be exaggerated by low calcium and sugar levels, both of which can occur more frequently in the young, especially if ill. Be sure you're on a good diet, and watch for signs of illness. If suspicious that there is reason to be concerned for illness, see your veterinarian. But most likely this is very normal.


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