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Wanting a Tegu/ Convincing Parents

Discussion in 'Black and White Tegu Discussion' started by TalkinTegu, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. TalkinTegu

    TalkinTegu New Member

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    So while at work the other day I fell in love with a juvenile argentine black and white tegu. I currently own two other reptiles a bearded dragon and a crested gecko. But my parents are against me getting her or any more reptiles really. I have the space, money/job, time, and experience to take care of one, but the simply say “NO!” if I bring up getting another lizard. Back when I got my crestie they said no more reptiles. Then I got my dragon, and they said no more reptiles. So I believe it is possible to convince them, it’s just how. Any advice on how to do so would be really helpful.
  2. Zyn

    Zyn Active Member

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    can you wait till you have a permanent place of your own. In my opinion they are far more needy than either of your other two . I’d suggest waiting till you own your own place.
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    TalkinTegu New Member

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    The only thing I get like I said is no. They have not given me a reason, and wont allow a long enough discussion to give a reason
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    dpjm Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Your parents are right in this case. Tegus are a huge step up from your other two lizards. They require way more space, money, time, and work. I think it would be foolish for you to buy a tegu unless you are established in your own place, not at your parents.
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  5. Gary

    Gary Member

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    I just wanted to add that these are 20+ year pets. I have DREAMED of a big lizard since I was 4 years old. I was obsessed. I didn’t get my first big lizard (my tegu) until after I bought my first home.

    Very few (or none) can realistically keep up with the demands of a tegu in their late teens and early 20’s. In that stage of life you change housing frequently, your income is unreliable, and your space is often limited. Once you’re in a position to grow old with your pets, make the investment and enjoy them for years to come!

    Patience is a virtue. This forum has some examples of impulsive purchases. It’s sad to see tegus re-homed within their first 2 years (or even 2 months) consistently. I can only imagine how many other tegus are bought and abandoned by owners outside of the forum. Those that participate here are arguably more dedicated to their pets, and even we have seen our fair share of tegus for adoption.

    Probably not what you wanted to hear, but these are considerations any prospective tegu owner can’t ignore.
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    I'd definitely wait till you have at the very least a stable amount of income and preferably your own home, that way you don't have to stress out about anything too much
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    They can be quite the big commitment and most people at a young age cannot take care of them properly. That being said I myself am quite young, but I'm pretty much willing to do whatever it takes to make sure my tegu has the best life possible. Which includes giving up almost my entire room for her, pretty much the only space that I use for myself is my desk, got rid of my bed a while ago and to be honest the floor feels so much better compared to a couch or a mattress. Although I completely understand why some people may not want to sleep on the floor just to provide an enclosure for a reptile.


    If you wait for the right time I'm sure you'll be glad you did rather than purchasing one now.

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