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Discussion in 'Red Tegu Discussion' started by Lutchmom, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. Lutchmom

    Lutchmom New Member

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    We've had our tegu since mid Dec. It was very aggressive at first, but we now have him so we can pet his chin and side without all the huffing and puffing. I do pick him up occasionally to carry him to the bath but he's not thrilled about it. My question is, would picking him up more often help him get used to us? Or would it make him afraid of us? I'm not sure how the taming process is supposed to go. Thanks.

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  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    You could try putting him on your lap and covering his head with your shirt. Also. if sitting on the floor, you could put him on your lap when he's ambling by.
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  3. AlphaAlpha

    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    I would say:

    1) SCRAMBLING whilst picking him up is normal behavior and doing it more often will give him confidence over time and settle him down.

    but....

    2) AGGRESSION / BITING / WHIPPING whilst picking him up is bad and maybe more patience is needed working on the tickles and trust.
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  4. Merlot

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    Try putting a T-shirt in the enclosure that you’ve worn a couple days without perfume or cologne and that’ll help recognize your scent and get used to you quicker. YMMV
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