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    While cleaning my PI Chahoua tank, this weekend, my female hissed, gaped and attempted to bite me when I removed a piece of cork that she was sitting on. It was in the middle of the day, when all of my geckos are most docile. But, this girl has suddenly become very defensive.

    I thought I may have just startled her, but I tried to pick her up the next day and the same thing happened.

    Is this a phase? Has anyone else ever experienced this with their chewies? Usually my chewies are the most calm of all my geckos.

    On a side note; one of my gargoyles did bite me while feeding. But, this was totally my fault as I was attempting to remove the empty food dish after just having fed her a cricket. In this case, she mistook my finger for more bugs.

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    Today, I open her tank to offer a roach. After she eats it, I put my hand right next to her and she crawls up my arm. It's almost as if she was saying, "sorry for being a bit**."

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    I have a very defensive chewie who does this when in her enclosure. It's cage aggression, an is usually better when out of the enclosure. However, she's a bit of a pain to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spyral View Post
    I have a very defensive chewie who does this when in her enclosure. It's cage aggression, an is usually better when out of the enclosure. However, she's a bit of a pain to deal with.
    I figured that was probably the case. One of my leachies will do this, sometimes, also.

    I just don't want any bad-attitude geckos. Although this is hard to predict, I do treat them well and try to read their signals to give them space when needed.

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    Peek-A-Boo...
    Now, gimme some bugs!!!!
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    Love the reptilian stare-down.
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    Any chance there's eggs? Females get uber-protective of them!

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