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Baby tegu doesnt eat enough/huffing when handling

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by Joshua Wu, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Joshua Wu

    Joshua Wu New Member

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    Ive had rex for about 1-2 months now, he has grown 8-9 grams. he only eats every 2-3 days, and if so his food selection is very little, he only eats meal worms and crickets, ive seen him eat a bit of turkey but that was after week of not eating anything.

    i have been handling hikm regularly
    Sometimes when i suddenly touch him in flinches and tail whips, he also starts huffing and braething heavily, but never bites or opened his mouth
    but after a few minutes he is normal, but he doesnt like me - doesnt clijmb onto my hand like other tegus

    any tips on taming/making him like me

    how do i get him to eat more? his body fits in my hand, he isnt eating enough!

    btw temps are max 45 celcius
    thanks
  2. Bram040

    Bram040 New Member

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    What kind of tegu do u own? And how old/big is it?
  3. Joshua Wu

    Joshua Wu New Member

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    argentine black and white, hes 3-4 months old
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    Bram040 New Member

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    And 45 degrees is mesured with a temp gun on the basking spot? If the ambient air temp is 45 degrees it is much to hot

    Could u post a picture of him
  5. Joshua Wu

    Joshua Wu New Member

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    no 45-50 on his baskong spot with temp gun. not temp. for temp its about 24-30
  6. Joshua Wu

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    Bram040 New Member

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    Well its a beauty, she doesnt look realy skinny or anything to me. I wouldnt worry about it to much.
    Most om them i think prefere bugs over other things when they are little. Maybe try some eggs, raw egg can be a mess so feed it on a towel or something. Not on substrate as he will wipe his mouth on at afterwards and he will be coverd with sticky sand :p.
    Mine also loves pinky mouse, i mostly feed him those about 4 sometimes 5 when there realy small

    As of taming im still struggeling with my colombian wich is about the same size as yours now, so im not the right one to answer that.
    But remember they have different personalitys just like people. Some will always behave differently then others
  8. Adramelec

    Adramelec New Member 5 Year Member

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    Hey :)
    40-50°C seems a bit high for me.. my Boy does'nt like it that hot.. max 36°.
    As to the handling, he too does'nt wanted to be touched as he was in this age, he was very aggressive and wanted to bite everything.
    The old T-shirt i put in his Space was shredded ;)
    Try to comfort him, sit and do nothing ( over weeks), eventually he will come when he sense that you are no Danger to him, but be alert, he maybe try to bite.
    Raw Eggs are always good, you could try to mix it with some meat. Otherwise many Insects like Worms, Crickets and Cockroaches.
  9. Mamasaurus

    Mamasaurus New Member

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    Went through the same with my boy. It's the new place and also rough time of year to get started. He still huffs sometimes but has never been mean. It takes a long time to actually want you. They tolerate us at least lol. He eats way more now but it took time. Also it is brumating season so he barely eats of at all for 6-7 months. If temps are good just keep trying new things. Mine adores reptilinks and fruits
  10. Joshua Wu

    Joshua Wu New Member

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    Ik
    I'm not sure how I can reduce the temperature, I have a uvb and uva bulb, another uvb lamp, and a halogen bulb for warmth.

    And for the taming, he has only bitten me once when did something dumb and tried to hand feed him a cricket. Other than that he has never opened his mouth aggressively. He does not seem that scared but he does sometimes jump when I sneeze or cough. I think he isn't afraid of me but my goal is to make him like me. Like some videos where their tegu just climbs up the owners arm.

    As for eggs I've tried boiled, scrambled, and raw. He didn't even look at it.
  11. AlphaAlpha

    AlphaAlpha Well-Known Member

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    the trust should come in time and hopefully you will get him tamed just how you want him in time but don't hold your breath just incase cause some tegus are stubborn lol