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Tegu keeps trying to climb out his enclosure

Walter1

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Beautiful tegu. Could be for a variety of reasons. Enclosure is too warm, he's hungry, he's settled in and is now bored with perhaps a too small enclosure.
 
Stitches did this as well when he was about 18 inches.he was in a 75 gallon aquarium and for a couple days he started trying to climb out constantly, I spent the next days building a 24x24x48 oak and glass enclosure and also a 48x48 platform in my room with a basking area, water dish and a humidified tote he can freely use.i keep him in his actual enclosure from 12-4 (doo doo time) he stays in my bedroom all other hours and is very happy and calm.perfectly behaved and loves human interaction
 

Bluetegu14

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Beautiful tegu. Could be for a variety of reasons. Enclosure is too warm, he's hungry, he's settled in and is now bored with perhaps a too small enclosure.
Thank you very much for your advice and reply I apprecia justte it very much. Iam a new tegu owner Bruno blue is my first a tegu has been my dream pet for a long time now and I finally was in the position to purchase him♥ but his enclosure I think is a good size for his age and size right now? He is about 19inches and is in a 75 gallon terrarium that is 4ft long and 2 feet wide this is just a temp enclosure until I build his permanent home? He never did this before it scared me because his top to his terrarium has a screen and when he tried to climb up his back toe got caught in the metal holes in the screen and ripped his nail off but I cleaned him up really good and wrapped his foot the best I could he's healed now but was wondering why he could be doing this? As for his temps his cool side is always at 80 and his warm side where he basks is at 105? As for his diet he gets a variety of food everyday he loves chicken breast and chicken gizzards and hearts and I bring him home swordfish from work sometimes he loves that as well he also gets his insects such as hornworms dubias and mealworms calci-worms and superworms and of course everything gets dusted with repticalicium with d3? But maybe he could be kind of bored ? What can I do to fix this for him if this is the case? He's super tame and chill now I can reach in an take him out whenever now ..wen I first got him this was not the case I have put in a lot of time an effort into my little baby boy when I first got him I could not get him out I really had to try but I was constant with him and now he is just the best we have gained each others trust ..it's just the trying to get out that worries me?
 

Walter1

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Does he have a hide in the 70s? If physical conditions are fine, he could just be bored. Take him out more often if possible. We have thread on enrichment with some good ideas for tegus to problem solve.
 
Stitches is either basking in 110-120 or he’s under my pillow around 67 degrees.he doesent hang out long anywhere else.hell bask and take a nap about 10 or more times a day.he is only confined to his enclosure from around 11-12noon until 3-4 pm or basically whenever he poops.but I think if I kept him at a low of 80 he would go nuts looking for a cold place to hang out
 
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