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Tegu lizard care guide and information: enclosure requirements, diet and feeding, health facts and more. How to keep and care for tegu as a pet – Argentine black and white tegus, Red tegus, Colombian golden tegus, etc.

Do tegus eat snakes and other lizards?

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Tegus are known to be opportunistic eaters, consuming a variety of prey items in the wild, including snakes and other small reptiles. So yes, tegus can eat snakes, lizards and reptiles – but these are not a primary food source in their diet. Tegus in the wild will primarily consume as small mammals, birds, insects, amphibians (frogs) and fruits. Can you feed lizards to a tegu? You can indeed feed… Read More »Do tegus eat snakes and other lizards?

Tegus are intelligent creatures that can be tamed as pets and even house broken to some extent.

Tegu Taming, Handling and Potty Training Tips

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Taming a tegu can be a rewarding experience, as these intelligent lizards are known for forming strong bonds with their caregivers. However, it is important to approach taming with patience and understanding, as tegus can be skittish and may take time to adjust to new environments and people. Whether you have an Argentine black and white tegu, a Red tegu, or Colombian tegu, there are a few key strategies that… Read More »Tegu Taming, Handling and Potty Training Tips

Foods for Tegu Lizards

Tegu Food List

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Tegus are omnivorous reptiles that require a varied diet to stay healthy and happy. This diet should consist of approximately 70% protein and 30% plant material (for adult Argentine and Red tegus), or 90% protein and 10% greens (for Colombian tegus and baby tegus regardless of species). Fruit and some other foods should only be fed sporadically or as a treat, and some supplements like calcium are also recommended. Below,… Read More »Tegu Food List

Tegu lizard drinking water from a pet bowl.

Best Water & Food Bowls for Tegus

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When it comes to finding the right water and food bowl for tegus, there are several factors to consider – namely the age of your pet, material and size of the bowl. Regardless of which bowl you choose, it’s important to clean it regularly and ensure that your tegu has access to clean, fresh food and water every day. This page contains affiliate links. As Amazon associates we may earn… Read More »Best Water & Food Bowls for Tegus

Tegus are now illegal to own in Georgia

Some Tegu and Monitor lizard species are no longer allowed as Pets in Georgia

On Tuesday October 22nd the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board voted to restrict future ownership of exotic reptiles in response to the increasing number of invasive species threatening the native ecosystem. The ban was made specifically to tackle the problem of two invasive species of reptiles, Burmese pythons and Argentine Black and White tegu lizards, who are imported from South America and are often released or escape into the… Read More »Some Tegu and Monitor lizard species are no longer allowed as Pets in Georgia

Uramastyx and Spinach

Can Uromastyx eat Spinach?

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Spinach is one of the few foods that should be avoided in a uramastyx’s diet. uramastyx lizards can technically eat spinach, but in large quantities this can be harmful, so it is best to keep consumption to a minimum or avoid it altogether. Despite being a nutrient-rich dark leafy vegetable, spinach has an extremely high content of oxalates, which bind to calcium and prevent its proper absorption. Calcium deficiency can… Read More »Can Uromastyx eat Spinach?

Tegu and Cucumber

Can Tegus Eat Cucumbers?

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Yes, tegus can safely consume cucumber. These green vegetables are around 96% water with a little fiber, so they are not the most highly nutritious food out there for your lizard, but they are perfectly safe to eat. Still, there are a lot of better options out there for your tegu and it is important to offer a varied diet that includes different types of fruits and vegetables as well… Read More »Can Tegus Eat Cucumbers?

Tegu (left) and monitor lizard (right)

Tegu vs Monitor Lizard: which one is right for you?

Monitor lizards and tegu lizards are an example of two families of big lizards which evolved from a same ancestor, but are actually quite different from one another. They can both make excellent pets under the right care and conditions, but there are considerable differences in personality and husbandry requirements you should be aware of. Differences Between Monitor and Tegu Lizards Tegu Lizards Monitor Lizards Generally larger in size (3.5-5… Read More »Tegu vs Monitor Lizard: which one is right for you?

Tegu sleeping

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