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I LOVE these animals. I almost got a pair instead of my female red. Theyr probably one of the most beautiful reptiles I've ever encountered before. One question...how is their temperment. The chik that i was gonna buy them from said that they could become very tame and just hang out quit often. So, wuts ur personal overall opinion of them?
They havent given me any problems besides the initial ones when i first received them. Their cost is also tied into those problems.
I origionally bought 1.1 for $200 shipped from a well known lacerta (and tegu) breeder. the animals arrived, I gave them a quick visual inspection and released them into their enclosure so they could hide and releive some stress after being shipped.
The next day I noticed the male was not right. He was not nearly as alert as the female and was quite lethargic.
I contacted the seller and was eventually told that if it died we would work something out. A day later (3 days after they arrived) the male went into a seizure and died. I contacted the seller who was not willing to except fault or to take responsibility and his best offer was to send him $60 more dollars for another male.
I told him I didnt think that was a fair offer and I disputed it. He basically told me take it or leave it, and with no other yearling jewled lacertas around I went and sent him the 60 bucks.
In the time between the male dying and sending the money ($60)
the female had begun to decline as well. it was getting bad pretty fast. So I went down and picked up soem baytril from a freind and gave her several injections over the course of a week and she began to pep back up and started eating (she had not eaten at all since arrival)
anywho there's a bit more to the story than that but that's the basics of it 260 for a yearling pair,plus emtional distress, a favor being pulled (baytril) and some headache--- was it worth it?
Not at the time, but I certainley do enjoy my lacertas now
the female doesnt tolerate my prescence at all, she darts into a burrow as soon as I get too close, the male wont dart away until i get with in a couple inches of him, he will take food from tongs though.
I dont really handle any of my reptiles in any "taming" efforts