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Little one keeps flipping over

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  1. A.Vazquez

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    Has flipped 7x in last 3 hrs so far. Originally was flipping from trying to climb the log. I moved and rearranged the enclosure and little one stopped climbing the log. However now its climbing the glass and flipping over. How do I help keep our little one safe? How long can LO survive on it's back? It doesnt even try to turn back over :(
    We are doing our best to make sure one of us is here at all times to keep an eye on it but wont be able to be here 24/7.
    Still has egg tooth "caruncle" so I know this baby is super young and I'm hoping it will grow out of it.

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    It looks pretty bare, he can see from one end to the other. Add sight barriers (he can't climb) so he has to go around. Makes him think it is bigger.
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    Arizona Sulcata Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    How long have you had him/her? If it's in a new environment then there's really no stopping it from flipping if you've already "flip proofed" everything. Once it gets used to it's new surroundings it should stop. Give it a week to settle in if it's new.
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    That just seems to be what babies do. I have 9 little leopard babies right now and every time I walk by the enclosure I have to reach in an set one or two of them right. They're sort of round and tip over easily. Then they just lay there.
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    I went to one of my buddy’s reptile shop last week and he has a sign posted ! IMG_3292.jpg I thought it was cute !
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    Do you know how long they can survive on their back? My husband and I both have things to do for a few hrs today and I'm quite stressed over it
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    There's no real answer to this unfortunately. There are things that make flipping over more dangerous and time sensitive such as flipping over in a water dish or under a heat lamp. If it's just a normal flip over situation in a corner somewhere out of harm's way then being away for a few hours will be ok.

    If your budget fits, I'd recommend getting a camera to watch over it's enclosure so you at least have some peace of mind or know when you need to rush home. I use Blink cameras from Amazon but those are pricy for a hatchling. I'd recommend a baby monitor with video option.
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    Thank you. Tends to flip under lamp we decided to get a camera so we can remotely monitor when we have to leave.
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