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Baby chacoan wont eat

Brayan Rodriguez

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I got my baby chacoan tegu about 1 week ago from underground reptiles but he doesnt eat anything only fuzzies/pinkies/ and like 5-10 crickets...ive tried chicken hearts ,gizzards,liver and tilapia and grapes...im going to try ground turkey today see if he will eat some .
Is their any tricks u can get him to eat something other than whole prey (i know its better but i want to add a variety )
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beardeddragon111

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You can use ground meats, but its by all means not necesarry. Im considering moving all the way over to whole prey myself except for when I run out( happens quicker than you'd think lol).
 

Brayan Rodriguez

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He was skidish and always ran away to the other side he still is a lil but i havent handled him just some daily maintenence n he doesnt run away just curious comes to my hand but even if i make the slightest move he runs a lil but comes back ima start handling him this week tho since hes a lil curious ...he did eat some chicken heart today but not a lot he doesnt seem to have intrest in it .....how big is your tegu ?? Any pics
 

Cody096

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Heh, I was lucky I guess. Mine was calm and curious right out of the box. The first picture is on the day that I got him and the second was from today. I measured him yesterday at 14.5 inches long.
 

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DangerousDann

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I got my baby chacoan tegu about 1 week ago from underground reptiles but he doesnt eat anything only fuzzies/pinkies/ and like 5-10 crickets...ive tried chicken hearts ,gizzards,liver and tilapia and grapes...im going to try ground turkey today see if he will eat some .
Is their any tricks u can get him to eat something other than whole prey (i know its better but i want to add a variety )
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I got my Chacoan last year from underground reptiles and at first he just ate crickets even though I offered him all types of stuff. A couple weeks later he started eating ground turkey with calcium powder, that's when I started hand feeding him (best to start when small). Just one year later and he's eating a variety of fruits and about a quarter pound of turkey and a mouse every day. He's just over 4 feet long now. This group is a great source of information. I have a video that tracks his progress over a year's time, I can share it if you'd like.
 

DangerousDann

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He also really loves cantaloupe and blueberries, which I give him a bit of twice weekly.
Mine wouldn't eat fruit until he was 10 months old, and only likes blackberries and grapes, I offer other fruit but no luck. He hates cantaloupe and actually spits it out when mixed in Turkey.
 

Walter1

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Mine wouldn't eat fruit until he was 10 months old, and only likes blackberries and grapes, I offer other fruit but no luck. He hates cantaloupe and actually spits it out when mixed in Turkey.
I can see crickets being the go-to food for hatchlings by vendors. DD did it right on offering more and more variety.
 

Cody096

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Mine also loved dubias, I was going to start a colony but he ate them too quickly and wouldn't accept turkey at the time, though when I started running low on dubias I put pieces of turkey on them to get him accustomed to it and then chopped up the roaches and mixed them in with the turkey until I ran out. Now he gets excited whenever he sees me set some turkey out to thaw.
 

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Mine also loved dubias, I was going to start a colony but he ate them too quickly and wouldn't accept turkey at the time, though when I started running low on dubias I put pieces of turkey on them to get him accustomed to it and then chopped up the roaches and mixed them in with the turkey until I ran out. Now he gets excited whenever he sees me set some turkey out to thaw.
Roaches are very nutritious.
 

Cody096

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Dubias being the best from what i've read as far as nutritional value and the Ca:p ratio, I've read a few conflicting things on hissers and crickets were always just a pain in the ass for me. Plus, the dubias don't smell. ^.^
 

Cody096

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I can't exactly recall what was said about them, but I do believe it was on this forum. But I've also read good things.
 

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