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early brumation?

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by ag3nt 0rang3, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. ag3nt 0rang3

    ag3nt 0rang3 Member

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    after passing a calcium deposit from some mice a few weeks ago my 4 yr old Black n white has only eaten like twice and has been sleeping the entire time. once for a week, then he ate n pooped. then back to sleep now again for another 2 weeks about without eating or pooping. i know he's alive i hear him moving in his hide. any thoughts ? suggestions? should i take him to the vet ? he has lights and hot spots and shaded area. its been between 80 - 94 with a heated tile pad available as well which gets pretty hot. should i be concerned ?!?
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    What is pretty hot? Basking area heat should come from above since if I understand correctly Tegues do not feel heat that is present under their bellies. Temp in basking area should be around 115F. Below that mine tend to sleep all day
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    How long you had him?? Is he settling in still and just shy??
  4. ag3nt 0rang3

    ag3nt 0rang3 Member

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    Had at least 3 years now Pretty hot is 95 with it hotter in the middle due to heated tile with light shining on it too. He laid on the tile before to get warm but yes he prefers the heat lights. The temp isn’t the issue here. His behavior is. Hes just not coming out at all and it’s only July :(
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    Has anything spooked him or happened to him out of the ordinary.....seams highly suspicious for this behavior to just start out of the blue after 3 years of you owning him.
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    ag3nt 0rang3 Member

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    He was having trouble pooping and prelapsed a little but recovered. He was out n about after that tho like the next day or so. Ate n pooped fine. Only once tho ...
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    sounds to me like the pain of the prolapse has scared him..... If I was you I'd be taking him out of his hide daily and interacting with him, bathing him and offering small portions of meats as long as there is NO AGGRESSION....this will build trust and confidence back in him.
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    ag3nt 0rang3 Member

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    Thanks ! I dug him out and he took a short bath He’s eating now. He looked rather surprised when I dug him out lol he needs to shed. There was no aggression. Waiting for him to poop now. Thanks man I was a bit unsure and scared
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    No problem .... Thats what this place is for... To aid and reasure us as keepers to look after and bring these animals up the hapiest and healthyest we can....:D:D;)
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    happiest ** healthiest** .... ffs ignore the typos .....lol
  11. ag3nt 0rang3

    ag3nt 0rang3 Member

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    She still hasn’t shed. Still yellow. Been sleeping a lot but not all the time. Had her out to eat n poop every few days cuz of my work schedule. I spray her cage twice a day n keep it humid. Suggestions ?
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    Fish oil in his food and a moist hide.
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    Are you feeding whole prey? The prolapse worries me.

    Could be early MBD
    Dehydration
    Impaction

    Anyway you can soak twice a day? It helps so much to increase water, aid in BM, and keep vent clean. I noticed on my guy when he was prolapsing that if vent was not clean he would not try to reduce prolapse.
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    Whole mice now once a week. She’s been picky with other foods I give but she’s eating and pooping. Still not shedding but slightly on her nose now