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Preventing Hibernation?

CaseyUndead

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I was just wondering if there's a way to prevent tegus from going into hibernation? I'm not planning on breeding or anything, and i just don't think i like the idea of my lizard being off in sleep for half of the year. It seems like some of you hibernate your tegus and some don't, but what do you that don't do to keep them from it? do you just keep the temperature up?
 

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They'll do what they want to do. Ours didn't fully hibernate last year. They would sleep between 1 and 4 days and be up a day or two, and repeat as necessary.
 

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DaveDragon said:
They'll do what they want to do. Ours didn't fully hibernate last year. They would sleep between 1 and 4 days and be up a day or two, and repeat as necessary.

Hey, do you feed them when they sleep on and off? I would worry that their body would not be able to properly digest.
 

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jor71 said:
DaveDragon said:
They'll do what they want to do. Ours didn't fully hibernate last year. They would sleep between 1 and 4 days and be up a day or two, and repeat as necessary.

Hey, do you feed them when they sleep on and off? I would worry that their body would not be able to properly digest.
If they're up for a couple of days I offer them food in the morning, then they're have a few hours to digest before they go under for the night or longer. You definitely don't want them sleeping for more than a few days with a full belly.
 

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What about Humidity while they are hibernating is it still as necessary to keep it up as much??
 

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cooli said:
What about Humidity while they are hibernating is it still as necessary to keep it up as much??
I would think at least 50%, you wouldn't want to dehydrate the little bugger. But under the substrate it might be different. Don't make the mistake I did and pour water in, it runs to the bottom and makes soup.
 

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