Post by tinyweasel on Dec 23, 2009 15:59:28 GMT -8
I rehomed one and I am having real trouble finding information about him and the link on this page did not work. Does anyone on this forum have one and can help me? My little guy is really really vicious and I have read they're supposed to be very docile. He must have been abused as a pup but I have tried for weeks to tame him; I offered him a treat every day and he would take it from my hand and then when I'd put my hand in again without a treat he would attack me. And this isn't a bite out of fear, he knows very well what he's doing. And it's a nasty, nasty bite. His teeth are like needles and he bites to wound. Anyway it's quite upsetting for me as I just want to be his friend so if anyone knows anything that can help it'd be great. I'm sorry if this thread is in the wrong place but as I said I can't find any other forums.
I can't really personally help you, as I've never had a duprasi, but the article does mention that there have been reports of nippy duprasi, as well as docile duprasi. It says that they sometimes have hamster-like personalities, so "if you're not a hamster type person, you may find them disappointing."
As for taming, I would just continue to try to have him get used to people using typical gerbil taming methods. You may want to put some socks/shoes and gloves on and just try to get him into the tub. I know aggressive gerbils usually make a lot of progress if they have a bit of time with you in an empty bathtub to run around. gerbilforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=carefaq&action=display&thread=11565 And here's some more taming advice. I know it's written for gerbils but I'm sure much of it applies to duprasi as well.
My Syrian hamster has the best personality ever; whenever I go over to her cage she wants to come out and run around. This guy is more like a shark than her, ha ha. Anyway thanks for the great advice and the links. I actually have to wear a gardening glove to take him out, he bites so hard. I am trying to get him used to being handled but he still bites randomly after I think he's being cool. But I'll keep trying! Thanks again.
Ive experianced both nippy and docile duprasi, if your offering treats from your hand make sure it is on your palm, and not with the tips of your fingers. One thing I had to to do reduce one of the duprasi's nippy temprament was to stop hand feeding her treats all togeather as she identified the hand with food and bit right away.
Yes the treats I was offering were mealworms and sometimes little chocolate drops designed for gerbils and hams. I was feeding him with my fingers just because it is an awkward cage to reach into. But he was still well able to take the worm from my hand without nipping but then give me a nasty bite later. I'm going to have to put a video online of the way he bites, because it's actually unreal. It's not just one nip to taste, or a scared lashing-out; it's a full-on shark attack of a bite. He goes for you repeatedly, I've never seen anything like it. I'm actually scared to put my hand in the cage.