Last night when changing water in bowl, Mr Burrows was in warm hide but sticking out a lot more than usual and flicking tongue towards the open door. I leaned in, smelled for myself and realized it was time for tank cleaning. So I left the door open and let him ‘escape’. Once he was out, down and on the floor I tossed out all of the soiled substrate, cleaned the enclosure and decor, put everything back. A couple of days prior I had put fresh coco husk in a bin with water so it was ready to go.
After the tank was set up again, he had not moved far. I went to pick him up and he hissed at me a couple of times so I let go and he crawled under the tv stand.
Then I carefully rolled the tv stand out of the way, leaving him in the open. That quieted him down and I gently picked him up. We had about an hour long handling/playing session that went pretty well. I thought I heard something, like a sneeze, but it was only once and his breathing was fine. Returned him to the newly-cleaned glass enclosure.
Will feed in a couple of days and then check again and monitor his breathing to see if that ‘sneeze’ or whatever I heard happens again.