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Red Tegu Health (brand new tegu owner in desperate need of help)

Marinebio162

New Member
Hey everyone, I have wanted to adopt a tegu for years. I finally got the chance as of around three months ago when my boy Azazel came into my life. About a month into caring for him he stopped eating and started spending most of his time in his hide. Which I assumed meant that he was just starting to brumate ( I am in Northern Wisconsin and we are going into Fall currently). But instead of going down indefinitely he still seems to come out and bask and drink water etc. very early in the morning daily, which I find strange since it has been two or so months since he started "brumating". I was just starting to bond with him since he is skittish and I think still close to a year old, but now I never get to see him to bond or interact with him at all so I just want to find out if he is sick or if this is somewhat normal and I can start bonding with him again when he resumes his normal routine thereafter. His substrate is coco fiber, I give him fresh water daily, his humidity is at 70% consistently, and the temperature gradient goes from around 70-110 degrees in his enclosure. When he hisses it sounds normal so as of right now I am at least sure he doesn't have pneumonia, but I am so new to this I just want to cover all of my bases! So thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
 

wanik4

New Member
The only thing I've learned in my short time is that they don't (please verify this) need a hot hot spot - as in like an ambient house temperature will suffice. I got this from a Rose City brumation video, which I advise you watch. I believe his tegus go in bins with just some hay for the brumation season since they are outdoor tegus. If it were me, I'd look into shortening the time the lights are on and perhaps having an ambient temperature in the entire enclosure. Again, I am only giving you a stepping off stone so you must verify this information for yourself. Best of luck.

 
That's when they are in brumation! I dont believe your tegu is in brumation! It wouldnt be coming out daily to bask and ect! Is it still eating or wanting to eat? If it's not I'd do one or 2 things. Check for a impaction and weight loss!! Because a vet check could be due. Or temp still needs to go down as its between brumation and not. Could be household temperature mixed with heat lamps. I also NEVER FEED IN ENCLOSURES! Mainly due to avoiding impaction which I've had with 1 of my 4 tegus from feeding in cage! So Idc how pissed they are they get used to being handled and picked up and moved to a bin very quickly when they realize what's going on. I already have food in tubaware so that helps too! And helps a ton with handling and bonding
 

Marinebio162

New Member
That's when they are in brumation! I dont believe your tegu is in brumation! It wouldnt be coming out daily to bask and ect! Is it still eating or wanting to eat? If it's not I'd do one or 2 things. Check for a impaction and weight loss!! Because a vet check could be due. Or temp still needs to go down as its between brumation and not. Could be household temperature mixed with heat lamps. I also NEVER FEED IN ENCLOSURES! Mainly due to avoiding impaction which I've had with 1 of my 4 tegus from feeding in cage! So Idc how pissed they are they get used to being handled and picked up and moved to a bin very quickly when they realize what's going on. I already have food in tubaware so that helps too! And helps a ton with handling and bonding
Nope he has eaten maybe once I think? Hasn't noticeably lost any weight either. But I heard you weren't supposed to move them if they were going into or were already in brumation that's why I wanted a better idea before I tried to take him to my local exotic vet!
 

Marinebio162

New Member
The only thing I've learned in my short time is that they don't (please verify this) need a hot hot spot - as in like an ambient house temperature will suffice. I got this from a Rose City brumation video, which I advise you watch. I believe his tegus go in bins with just some hay for the brumation season since they are outdoor tegus. If it were me, I'd look into shortening the time the lights are on and perhaps having an ambient temperature in the entire enclosure. Again, I am only giving you a stepping off stone so you must verify this information for yourself. Best of luck.

Thanks much appreciated I checked that guy's videos out and they're very helpful!
 
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