Hello! I'm a life-long reptile lover and keeper but I've always keep smaller reptiles. I've been slowly building up to something...bigger. I made the leap to monitor lizards with an Ackie over a year ago and I feel like I can take the next step. I know tegus are not the same as monitors but I am under the impression that they have similar intelligence and space requirements as "medium" monitors (savannahs). I'd like to start with a hatchling, keeping it in my Ackies' old enclosure until I move to a larger home next summer with a yard. I live in Austin, TX and am considering making a outdoor enclosure for the warmer months (over 8 months out of the year here). Ive been studying and thought I'd join the forum and continue my research here!