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First impaction

Discussion in 'Colombian Tegu Discussion' started by Michael Graham, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Michael Graham

    Michael Graham Member

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    I experienced an impaction for the first time yesterday and it was very upsetting. Luckily it didn't last long at all. I just noticed that my male hatchling seemed to be constipated from what I read online. At some point he was able to pass it so it probably lasted an hour or two. I give them supplements with ground meat and I mix it with this tegu mix I found at Petco. Other than that, they eat dusted crickets, horn worms, roaches and pinkies/fuzzies. Anything else I should check for to prevent this from occurring again?
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Good save. Can be worse.

    What had he been fed, was water available, and was there substrate in his poop?
  3. Michael Graham

    Michael Graham Member

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    Yeah it was a close call. I'm looking into different substrates in order to swap mine out. I think the last meal before that was ground meat so it had to be the substrate. With fuzzies there hasn't been any issues as I give it to them with tongs or I just hold it by the tail and they swallow it whole If it's something they need to put down, that may be a problem depending on if they take it away before eating. Do you guys recommend any of the dirt like substrate?
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    Jrock23 Active Member

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    This is why I use dirt with all my lizards... But good save..
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    battyrubble New Member

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    Reptilinks!!! They are perfectly balanced meat and fruit and veg sausages, sweet grapes and cherries help with the pooping. Lulu is super regular and the sheds are great. Also its a very convenient and complete feeding system, check it out
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Mineral oil in the food occasionally is helpful.
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    battyrubble New Member

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    yes, totally forgot, and if you can warm bath and tummy massage