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#40244 - 03/17/05 02:00 PM Make it stop!

I have had my gliders for a very short while now, I got them Tuesday night. With that in mind, I know it can take a very very long time for them to bond to you. The problem is this...the very first night they were all over me like a jungle gym and didn't seem very afraid of me. The previous owner said they bonded very quickly and weren't aggressive and didn't bite. Well, since I got them, all they want to do is bite my fingers. The female isn't as bad, she'll chomp down kind of hard, but not hard enough to leave a mark. When she's climbing on me she's the most interested in my hands and if she gets to them, she will nip all over them.
The male has taken to my best friend and is a horrible nipper. He's not as interested in hands, but he has bitten my friend's back, head, ears, and armpits (?).
I make a point not to wear perfume or wash with scented soap before handling the gliders, my friend, however, always wears cologne and alot of hair products. He also works at a fast food restaurant and smells like Sonic after work. Could this be why Kage seems to think of him as dinner?
When they bite us we don't jerk away, touch them, or yell at them. There have been a few times that I had to blow on Kage because he seemed [censored] bent on chewing through my friend's skull.
Is there any way to get them to stop? Every time they first see me, I have a treat (yogie, meal worm) so that they associate me with good things, but now they just search my hands for treats, THEN nip me. They don't crab unless I mess with their pouch when they are sleeping, they don't growl or show any aggression, and they don't seem to realize that what they are doing hurts.
Am I doing something wrong? Do I just have to let them chew on me until they get bored and stop? Will they stop?

#40245 - 03/17/05 02:07 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]

the smells on your friend are probably a big part of him getting bitten soo much

other than that, they might also be trying to groom, which can sometimes feel like a bite to me... other than that, you might try washing your hands after handing over the treat so there's no smell lingering on your hands... but, if they're like my guys, sometimes they like to nip...

try gardening gloves, that way the can bite, w/o hurting you...

#40246 - 03/17/05 02:57 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]

Gloves have pros and cons. it could really spook the glider and the smell of the gloves would be unfamiliar. But then again, you wouldnt get bitten. Ive used batting gloves before, for a SHORT period of time. Gave me the confidence and let my mind ease and get used to the gliders so i could take the bites. sounds like your friend is wearing to much perfumed stuff. My boyfriend wears old spice deoderant and binky is all over him like a chicken on a june bug when he first puts it on. I think its funny. Grooming feels like a bite to me, he might be doing that? gliders moods vary, keep that in mind. Just because theyre grumpy, doesnt mean they dont like you. Once theyre bonded, you'll be able to cheer em up tounge


#40247 - 03/17/05 03:20 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]

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other than that, they might also be trying to groom, which can sometimes feel like a bite to me...

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I have noticed this too with my girls. The other night Hilda was biting me around my wrist, but then she would lick me. This went on for a while. Is this kind of behavior/activity grooming? I don't recall having anything tasty on wrist <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/nixweiss.gif" alt="" />

#40248 - 03/17/05 04:06 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]

Zach was in my bra the other day and was cleaning himself all over. At one point he was cleaning his hands then started licking my.. skin. (Mind you I was on the phone with a friend this whole time) and suddenly he * bit * the flesh! I couldn't help it, I yelped and told him not to bite that part of me. My friend of course was dying with laughter.

#40249 - 03/17/05 04:52 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]
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I would say the cologne and the Sonic are a big reason with your boyfriend.

When mine start that finger nipping stunts, (or any other body part) I redirect their attention. I move them to a new place on me or get their attention with a feather. Usually it works, not always though.
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#40250 - 03/17/05 06:12 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]

Just a funny addage, it's my gay bestfriend, not my boyfriend <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> but thanks for all the advice.

#40251 - 03/18/05 03:24 PM Re: Make it stop! [Re: ]

Alright, I handled the gliders for a few hours last night...the female has started biting me maliciously...I have to wear gloves now if I go anywhere near her, and she still bites me through them. She even grabbed the tip of the glove and jerked her head around like she was trying to rip my finger off! The male, however, sniffs my hands and licks them now, but after he figues out I don't have a treat, he just runs up to my shoulder. The female likes to run all over me too, but more like I'm a jungle gym then a play-mate. Going to get a pup tent this weekend and try that out...hopefuly she'll come around. I think she has joeys in pouch, could that be adding to her aggression?


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