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Introducing Ruby

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by EnjoysWine, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. EnjoysWine

    EnjoysWine Member

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    Hi everyone. I've made a number of posts on this site, but never in this section. We just got our six week old Red Tegu "Ruby" a few days ago, so I thought I'd introduce her and myself. So far Ruby has been extremely active and loves pinkies as well as chicken liver. She also appears to love Mulberries, but won't touch any veggies. She's been a bit shy and startles easily, but is warming up to being handled. I'm really surprised at how quickly she can switch between a fear response and a food/predatory response. She loves to eat.

    I live in Ontario, Canada, and have had several reptiles as a teenager. A year ago my kids and I fell in love with a Tegu that was on display at a local fair. We had gotten a Tegu shortly after (last year), but unfortunately she didn't survive brumation over the winter. She hadn't gained much weight before brumation because I believe my temps were too low which resulted in a low appetite. I've also been told that it's dangerous to allow a brumation in the Tegus first year.

    Since then I've learned a ton, primarily through this site. I wish I had found this site a year ago, and I would have understood the warning signs. I hope all new Tegu owners are able to find this forum as there is so much important details that you can't find in the basic care sheets that other websites have. You guys are a great community for helping eachother raise healthy and well adjusted Tegus.

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  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'm so proud for how this little one is excelling. Glad this site is helpful.

    I keep four Argies. I might be generalizing but maybe tegus like sweet and are apt to take various berries but avoid veggies. On occasion, I'll offer surpkus strawberries, and they take them, especially Oscar.
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  3. AlphaAlpha

    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    Ruby looks beautiful and it sounds like you are bonding together really well.... good luck for the future.
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