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1 pounder runs at the site of me

Discussion in 'Tegu Taming and Handling Discussion' started by nightanole, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. nightanole

    nightanole Member

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    So i have a 1 pound red female.

    I can:
    pick her up at any time, she is a potato
    never scratches, tail wipes, or bites
    Will hyperventilate (and slowly walk away) if you place your hand on her back in the cage

    I do have 2 issues.

    First issue is if she is out of the cage (she gets 2-4 hours of yard time in the "reptile" room every few days) she runs at the site of anyone that walks into the room.

    The second issue is she wont eat unless she is well hidden behind something outside of the cage, and then you have to use tongs and slide the 2-3" plate of food to her. She will not accept any food in the cage nor if she is placed in a feeding tub.
  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    How long have you been giving her yard time? If not so long, may need time to habituate to big area.
  3. nightanole

    nightanole Member

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    About a month. I have baby proofed it and she has found about 3-4 hides she likes to sleep in. So around noon if she is up, i put a ramp in her cage so she can crawl out and explore, and then around 4pm, if she is out, i remove the ramp and pop her back into the cage.
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    That's great. She just needs time if nothing is actively scaring her.