I just came home from running errands to find Snick doing this:
It’s been almost 6 days since his last meal and we’ve come to refer to this as ‘hunting’ behavior. When he was a wee noodle it was kind of cute because he could fit on the ledge at the top of his vivarium. However, he’s quite a bit wider now. When we got him he was 12 grams and now he’s in the 80 gram area. He’s a bit over 2 feet long, I think.
Somehow he still crams himself up there – I have to admire his determination if nothing else. There are times where he falls; usually when he tries to turn around. It makes me nervous occasionally because he seems a bit stunned after a fall, and the hinged areas on the lid could cause abrasions as he gets bigger.
As I watched him I thought there had to be something I could do because that thermometer is not designed to hold weight. It must be noted that I have glued the suction cup to the glass with aquarium sealant (prior to Atlas’ arrival). But both the corns I’ve had used their thermometers as mini ledges or climbing points. I guess it’s a thing in this house.
I went digging in the herp supplies that we have and found the hammock I got for him a year ago. Maybe putting it up will help give him the feeling of being ‘up’ on a more stable base. I even moved the branch (that he never uses) so that it would be an easier climb.
UPDATE: I was wrong and I’m so happy about it!