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July 23, 2013

The Mythical Ram

Frankie's Year of The Ram continues.

I see a lot of discussion about sulcata ramming.

Both male and female sulcata ram.  When they want to.  Seen it.

Keepers with younger sulcata from hatchlings to a few years old really don't notice ramming. When a sulcata is small ramming looks like hiding and sounds like hissing.

As a sulcata get's older things happen and a sulcata owner will wonder, "Did that sulcata just ram me?" or "Did the sulcata just give me a love-tap?"  For the medium sized sulcata a ram is more like a bump or a forward jump.  Owners think, "Oh, I just scared him."

When a sulcata gets big....well there is no mistaking when a big sulcata rams.

Never stand in front of a big sulcata when it rams.  Just don't.  Don't sneak up on a big sulcata.  Really.

There are signs.  Indicators.  Big Red Flags.  Don't ignore them.

Ramming behavior is normal so best to give the big sulcata something to ram.  I gave Frankie a bucket. 

Never, NEVER, take the bucket away.

(If you can't view the above video click on link to go to You Tube for viewing: Frankie Ramming)

Dedicated to Gracie's dad, Marcus O'Bryon who gave Gracie her first bucket.


  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2013

    This reminds me of the time Frankie had the brown UPS paper and he beat it into submission - LOL. I LOVE Frankie tails! Abigail

  2. AnonymousJuly 25, 2013

    If that bucket is like some I have, they don't dent/crush very easy! Just shows the strength they have behind that 'ram Beth Y

  3. AnonymousJuly 25, 2013

    That made my day. When he went for the bucket there was no warning at all.I love all of Frankie's stories. Judith

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  5. Great video!! Thanks!
    How many buckets has Frankie subdued since this one?