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Tegu not growing

BlackTegu

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This is my first time commenting on one of these, so let me know if I did anything wrong.

I have an Argentine Black and White tegu, I got him/her back in December. When I got her (I think it's a girl), She was about 1 month old, maybe a little bit older. I think that she was about 14-15 inches long. Now I have had her for about 6 months, and I assume that she is about 7 months old. Still, she has only grown about 3 inches, and I did some research and they should be pretty big at 7 months old. I do understand that tegus grow at different rates, but I'm starting to get a little bit concerned because of her lack of growth. I feed her fuzzies, a variety of fruit, mealworms, and eggs about every other day if she is up. I give her the proper vitamins and powders. She has been sleeping a lot, which I find weird because it is the middle of the summer. She maybe gets up one time a week. Sometimes I wake her up, and she acts normal, and she will always eat. She likes to burrow under her water bowl, which she kinda made her own little humid hide. I mist her cage about 2 times a day and her basking temp is about 110-115, and she has a UV basking area. On her warm side, the ambient temp is about 85-90, and the cool side is about 80. I have a 40 Gallon tank for her, I am getting her something bigger soon, I just need to save up some more money. I will attach some images to this if anyone has any ideas lmk. The first picture is when i got het, the second and last are recent.
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Acre

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Looks flawless. Husbandry seems fine. Maybe it's just a runt? Can be jsut as well if you've ever seen a giant with attitude. Only thing I can think of that might be wrong is UV source and distance from the tegu. Ever give it any natural sun through a screen?
 

BlackTegu

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Looks flawless. Husbandry seems fine. Maybe it's just a runt? Can be jsut as well if you've ever seen a giant with attitude. Only thing I can think of that might be wrong is UV source and distance from the tegu. Ever give it any natural sun through a screen?
That's a good idea... Should i move the UV light to the middle of the cage?
 

BlackTegu

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That's a good idea... Should i move the UV light to the middle of the cage?
Also, I have taken her outside, I'm just terrified to lose her. We live in Cali, so the humidity is not very high so I cant set up an outside enclosure for her.
 

Acre

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I couldn't get your link to open but I use an 80 watt mercury vapor bulb about 8" up from the basking spot. I also supplement with natural sun. I'm in Arizona and don't worry about humidity. The substrate is thick cypress mulch and I keep the bottom couple of inches damp so the burrow my tegu makes under the basking spot is humid. Dry for some hours each day doesn't seem to matter; her sheds are great.
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BlackTegu

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I couldn't get your link to open but I use an 80 watt mercury vapor bulb about 8" up from the basking spot. I also supplement with natural sun. I'm in Arizona and don't worry about humidity. The substrate is thick cypress mulch and I keep the bottom couple of inches damp so the burrow my tegu makes under the basking spot is humid. Dry for some hours each day doesn't seem to matter; her sheds are great.View attachment 16277
Also by any chance do you know where you got that tub?
 

Acre

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Also by any chance do you know where you got that tub?
The tub is a horse trough. The top is expanded metal made by a welder. Horse trough's are abut $300 at Tractor Supply and much lighter than most cages. Once emptied one person can move it outsdie for a hose down. Much easier to keep clean than a standard cage. The expanded metal top is covered with a thin layer of foil insulation to keep heat in. The sides are covered with thick insulation - the stuff Layne Labs uses to pack their frozen rodents. I just re-used it.
 

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