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, there are not many companies making harnesses specifically for tegus, but using a ferret or cat harness works just fine in most cases.
When choosing the right harness for your tegu, make sure to pick an appropriate size. Never take a juvenile tegu (less than two years old) outside, to avoid risk of it slipping out of the harness and running away.
Below, some ideas of harnesses that can be used to walk you radult tegu on a leash.
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Best harness for tegu
T-rex is one of the very few harness and leash sets specifically made for reptiles, including tegus. Unfortunately, they tend to be on the smaller size – which may not be appropriate for very large Argentine tegus which can grow up to 5 feet long.
Rypet makes cute and comfortable, no-pull vests meant for small animals sized 4-4.5′ such as ferrets. Yet, nobody stops you for using this on a lizard, and many tegu owners have reportedly had success fitting their pets in these.
This harness and leash set meant for cats works wonder for tegu lizards as well. It is made of lightweight air mesh fabric and comes with an ID tag pocket and a top easy-lift handle and 5 feet long leash, making it functional for both a walk in the sun or visit to the vet.
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