Let's your ideas for enrichment for your Tegus.
Walter, I have been thinking about hiding food. Have taken him out a few times, and Ragu freaks out and tries biting everyone. Also, not much time for him to spend outside in the Colorado mountains bc not often do we see 80. I am thinking about adding some ledges and a tunnel network. We kept his enclosure simple at first because of his mobility problems. However, he has come a long way, and I do think he could handle changes such as a ledge. Hiding the food a great idea.An outdoor or huge enclosure, hide mice in various places.
O' and his current enclosure is 8x4x4. Substrate still the pet paper clumps that we used after all his hospital care for his recurrent prolapse's. But, it has been almost a year since we had one. One thing we do is no over feeding, and he is still on large mice. Rats will make him prolapse, or full chicks do the same.An outdoor or huge enclosure, hide mice in various places.
Yuck, no one wants that! Most of the time, we hang his mice in the enclosure to thaw, and he tries to get them. Guess that is enrichment in its own way. But, he is very interested during the thaw.Also try not to leave the mice for too long, or you risk having all kinds of nasty on the mice. (though he'll probably find them before that)
I feed my californian kingsnake that same way. even though he's a little guy, he has an enormas amount of power! (heard a snap one time from the mouse.. Yikes!)In that regard, when I tong-feed my Eastern North American rat snakes with frozen thawed mice I provide them with a brief struggle for similar reasons. ,
Never thought about honey, it safe for Tegus?I thought it would be good exercise and work out....... Alpha was under 1 the only time I tried it though and I was still building trust so because of the way he bounced at the meat due to still being skittish I chose to put it on hold...... But I now have full confidence in him, and he takes his food more gently so this could be fun for both of us.
could maybe also put honey in a kong or tennis ball and hang it so he can lick it out????