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Lol - well - they get a lot worse, but I don't know anyone that backs away because of them. I don't know how old your son is, but it might be 2 weeks or so before they become bloody scratches. They're not that bad, but a young boy might think so.
We have a B/W Tegu and we are new to owning one. His name is Godzookie. We can't afford a vet and would like suggestions. He has been acting weird. Not eating and actively acting like he is gasping for air. Checked his throat and we don't see anything lodged. What do we do???
Gasping for air would scare me... a lot. When Tegus are new, they generally freak out and are very defensive while they try to understand their new digs. They can stop eating, act aggressively (scared), and can really freak out the new owner that thinks they should be buds already. They really take quite a while to get to that trusting stage, and it comes from the owner that can be patient, and not force or rush the animal. Could you be confusing huffing and puffing, even spitting, for "gasping for air" when you're trying to engage with him? That is their way of telling you to back off, or else. If he's calmly by himself, and gasping for air, I'd find a vet whether you can afford it or not.