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1 year old Tegu, backs away from me?

Discussion in 'Black and White Tegu Discussion' started by Daniel Daley, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. Daniel Daley

    Daniel Daley Member

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    Hi guys,

    On an old account I was speaking to a chap on here from America (uk guy here) and he was very helpful, I couldn't remember his name, Harold comes to mind;

    I've had my tegu for a year now and we have been through so much its incredible, I have a 8x4x4 enclosure, Basking spot is 115-124 depending where he lays, the gradient is around 85-95f and has efficient UVB lighting

    He eats very well, he loves his chicks, rats. I also feed him smoothies that I make which I use the food sheet for that I found here, and I feed him lots of different bits. He also has his calcium and multi vits on scheduled days.

    Now the issue I'm having is, he stays in his hide box, alot. I work 9-5 so I don't see him come out of the enclosure, he probably does for all I know, I know he leaves poo everywhere so he must do.

    In the evening, I'll come home and feed him, I'll try stroke him, he will then look at me and back away slowly into his hide box. Can anyone suggest anything? He seems like he hates me. I'm happy to try anything, I understand that it may always be like this, but I want to try the best I can.

    Thanks all.
  2. Daniel Daley

    Daniel Daley Member

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    His name was Walter!
  3. Daniel Daley

    Daniel Daley Member

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    Also, one last thing, if I take the hide box away, and put Cypress Mulch in a pile, would this be better? I can get to see him to interact with him this way instead of trying to lure him out of his hide box
  4. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Walter1 here.

    This issue is an easy one for me. Less time with him means more shyness. They're most active in the morning, again a bit in afternoon.

    Sit near his enclosure to do tasks and talk to him. He'll hear you.

    Throw a recently-sweated shiet in hide again.

    He knows you, so you can retrive him from his hide and set him on your lap with his head under your shirt for cover/security.
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    Guman Active Member

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    Walter1 (I love you, you have always been a great help but,...)

    Are you suggesting a shirt or a Shi* to be tossed in the hide?

    Lol had to tease!
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Alas, I stepped into it!!
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    Hes pretty big now...... If its simply just backing away I would have an hands on approach and proceed to take him out, hold him, stroking him till hes calm..... BUT.... if there is agression there I would take a few steps back and progress to more trust building like Walter says.
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    Daniel Daley Member

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    Hello guys,

    I'm really sorry I've not responded, I've had some difficulties with family ties as of late.

    Just an update, I've been getting more involved a few times a day with him lately and he seems to not be backing away as much,

    Yeah no aggression, all he is doing is backing away and looking at me, I have came to realize since seeing the replies here that shyness could be it.

    Thank you for all your kind responses,
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    Alpha is also about 1 and if there is a way of avoiding me picking him up he'll take it .... I think it's just trying to push the boundaries and routine as he grows, he's not very big on cuddles......lol
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Good. Yup, the more you work with them, the more accurately you'll learn what their disposition can be.
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