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Force handling?

Retnoo

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Hello, I'd like some advice on force handing my juvenile tegu. He's about 22 inches long including tail. his body is about 7 inches. I have to take him to the vet to get tagged, but we've had him for less than a month, and he still is very bite-y, and doesn't like to be touched at all, let alone picked up. Any advice on what sort of grip I should use to securely hold the little guy without hurting him? I've seen many videos on handling, but all of them on holding a calm and willing animal. One hand around the base of the tail and one under and around his upper arms/chest?
 

Debita

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I always secure the tail with my left hand because that's one of their first attempts at escaping a hold. I use the other hand to secure underneath, and up by the neck so as not to get bitten. There's a mental effort at not flinching too...lol One of those "just get through it moments".
 

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