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What foods can tegus eat and which should they avoid? Diet requirements and feeding information for tegu lizards.

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

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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?

Juvenile Argentine black and white tegu

Baby tegu care: Information, Enclosure & Diet Requirements

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Thinking of adopting a baby tegu? These lizards grow rather quickly and dramatically, with an adult male Argentine tegu reaching the size of a small dog (around 5 feet). In the first two years of their life, however, juvenile tegus are tiny and vulnerable, and they require additional care in order to stay healthy and thrive. If you have just adopted a tegu hatchling you are going to need to… Read More »Baby tegu care: Information, Enclosure & Diet Requirements

Can tegu eat tuna

Can tegus eat tuna?

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Tegus are omnivore and can eat fish as part of a varied diet. Tuna should be fed in moderation, because it contains thiaminase that can reduce vitamin B1 absorption, but it’s otherwise a pretty healthy choice. It is best to feed fish fillet raw, but you can feed canned tuna occasionally (provided it’s conserved in brine and not oil, rinse under water to remove any excess salt). High quality, wet… Read More »Can tegus eat tuna?

Can tegus eat carrots

Can tegus eat carrots?

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You can feed tegus both carrots and carrot tops. Tegus need a variety of vegetables as part of their diet, and carrots are a very healthy choice. It is best to serve them raw, just make sure to wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt. You do not need to peel carrots if they are organic and you are positive they are free from pesticides. TEGU QUICK LINKS [Black and… Read More »Can tegus eat carrots?

Can tegu eat shrimp

Can tegus eat shrimp?

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Tegu lizards can eat shrimp, prawn, crab, and most kinds of shellfish and crawfish. It is best to feed them raw, and you can keep the shell on if it’s not too hard. Sometimes frozen products you get from the grocery store are pre-cooked and have a hardened shell, this may be a cause of concern so it’s best to remove it. TEGU QUICK LINKS [Black and white tegu |… Read More »Can tegus eat shrimp?