Yes, tegus can eat any kind of meat, including pork. That said, you should not feed pork meat to your tegu too often because it is high in fat and may lead to obesity. Lean meats such as chicken or turkey are healthier and preferable for your tegu’s diet. When feeding pork, poultry or any kind of meat to your tegu, it is best to serve it raw as not to denature any protein. So no bacon, ham or hot dogs.
Can tegus eat bacon?
Bacon is a processed food often high in fat and salt, and you should not feed it to your tegu if you care about its health. Turkey bacon is healthier than pork bacon, but there still is not really a reason you would feed it to your tegu instead of ground meat or steak, which are unprocessed and therefore healthier options.
Can tegus eat hot dog?
Like bacon, regular hot dogs are heavily processed foods that should not belong to your tegu’s diet. There is an exception, though, in the case of “hot dogs” made specifically for reptile, such as Reptilinks. These are not made of pork but rather whole prey, such as insects, mice, quail, frog or rabbit, and are often mixed with eggs and veggies in order to make a complete meal. Reptilinks are not only safe for your tegu but they actually provide a lot of nutrition and they are highly recommended as an alternative to feeding frozen whole prey.
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