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Handfeeding

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by Galen Tom, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Galen Tom

    Galen Tom New Member

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    Hello all,

    I had my sub-adult tegu for a couple of weeks now. While tamed, I am still working on getting to know him/her and strengthening the bond.


    While I have an extensive list of what food types to feed a tegu (thanks to this forum); I am still learning his/her food preferences.


    However, one preference I notice is that my tegu prefers to be hand fed rather than food placed in a bowl. When food is placed in a bowl, the tegu eats significantly less than normal and is not receptive in trying different foods. I notice when I hand-feed my tegu, he/she is more acceptable to trying new foods regardless if he/she likes it or not.


    Is hand-feeding enabling a bad behavior? Currently, I do not believe this is enabling a bad behavior as I am forming a stronger bond and learning about food preferences.


    However, I would not want this to become a habit in hand-feeding is the only way the tegu will eat. More so, I would not want a situation in that the tegu would accept food only from me. Obviously, this will be an issue if I was to go on family vacation and had to entrust a friend to baby sit.


    Opinions or experiences?