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Tegu brumation: signs, temperature, duration

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Brumation is the reptile equivalent of hibernation, that is, that period of time during which an animal slows its own metabolism and ceases almost all activity in order to conserve energy and survive winter. In the wild, tegus will retreat to a safe space to hide when days start to get shorter in autumn and stay there for 6-7 months until spring arrives. During this period of brumation a tegu… Read More »Tegu brumation: signs, temperature, duration

Tegu breeding

Tegu Breeding, Egg Incubation & Hatching

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Breeding in tegus requires both an adult female and male. Tegus reach sexual maturity at around age 2, the start of so-called “guberty” (tegu puberty), and females need to undergo one or two cycles of brumation in winter in order for their bodies to become able to accommodate eggs. Most tegu species can breed up to twice a year. Tegu breeding season generally occurs right after the end of this… Read More »Tegu Breeding, Egg Incubation & Hatching

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Tegu on a leash

Tegu Harness and Leash

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Tegu owners who wish to take their pets out for a walk safely need to make sure they are properly secured with a harness and kept on a leash at all times. Tegus are not particularly easy to walk on a leash, and they will most likely rather be walking you in whichever direction they feel like going, but they will still enjoy their time out in the sun. Unfortunately,… Read More »Tegu Harness and Leash

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Tegu Enclosure Requirements & Caging Setup

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The most important thing to worry about when caring for a tegu lizard is to make sure it’s housed in an adequate environment. Tegus have specific requirements when it comes to enclosure size, lighting and heating, substrate and humidity; you will need to ensure that you provide your pet with all it needs in order to thrive and be happy. Enclosure Size Tegus are very large reptiles that require a… Read More »Tegu Enclosure Requirements & Caging Setup

Can tegus eat spinach?

Can tegus eat spinach?

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Most tegu lizard owners prefer not to feed spinach to their pet. Tegus can eat spinach but it can be harmful in large amounts so you should keep consumption to a minimum or avoid feeding it altogether. Despite being a nutrition-packed dark leafy green, spinach has an extremely high content of oxalates which bind to calcium and prevent it from being properly absorbed. Calcium deficiency can lead to a variety… Read More »Can tegus eat spinach?

Colombian Tegu / Gold Tegu

Gold Tegu: Information, Enclosure Requirements, Diet & Health Tips

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The Colombian tegu (tupinambis teguixin), also Gold tegu or Golden tegu, is a species of tegu lizard common in the pet trade, although it is not as easy to domisticate as the more popular Agentine tegu and Red tegu. This species is considered somewhat aggressive and not beginner-friendly, although it can still be tamed with a lot of patience and expertise. Compared to the other two aforementioned species, the gold… Read More »Gold Tegu: Information, Enclosure Requirements, Diet & Health Tips

Red tegu eating a banana

Red Tegu Care: Information, Enclosure Requirements, Diet & Health

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Red tegus belong to the species of salvator refuscens, which is quite popular in the pet trade and second only to the most common Argentine tegu (salvator merianae). True to their names, red tegus tend have a reddish skin which often looks almost like raw meat, and compared to black and white tegus they tend to get quite big in size. They are relatively easy to tame and make for… Read More »Red Tegu Care: Information, Enclosure Requirements, Diet & Health

Can tegus eat grapes?

Can tegus eat grapes?

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Tegu lizards are fond of sweet fruits and it is generally safe to feed them grapes and dates in limited amounts. If you can, try to get your hands on some Thompson seedless grapes. If you can only find grapes with seeds then it is recommended that you cut each grape in half and get rid of the seeds yourself before serving it to your tegu, as indigestible seed consumption… Read More »Can tegus eat grapes?

Tegu eating its greens and veggies

Best veggies for tegu

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Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a tegu lizard’s diet, as the main source of vitamins and micronutrients they need in order to stay healthy. Tegus are omnivore and need both protein from animal sources and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in order to thrive. Nutrition experts recommend feeding your adult Argentine tegu or Red tegu no more than 30% of its diet in the form… Read More »Best veggies for tegu

Can tegu eat kale

Can tegus eat kale?

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Kale is a healthy food choice for your tegu. Unlike other dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach which are high in phosphorus and oxalates, kale has a calcium ratio of 2.4:1, which means it’s higher in calcium and it can actually be absorbed by your pet lizard. And unlike other types of lettuce which are mostly made of water, kale is very nutrient dense, providing also vitamin A, C,… Read More »Can tegus eat kale?