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My Gold Tegu is a bit odd

Discussion in 'Colombian Tegu Discussion' started by Austin27, Dec 14, 2018.

  1. Austin27

    Austin27 New Member

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    Hi everyone I'm keeping Austin in a 4x2 foot enclosure, he's still a baby and I bought him as a hatchling at a repticon in August. I fill the enclosure with the bioactive soil/mulch stuff I bought at the pet store. It's more of a 70/30, the basking site is 130-135. My humidity is always usually over 70% after I mist in the mornings, I always leave fresh water and I've witnessed him drinking.

    Now the issue is before the basking temps were 130ish they were about 118 or 120 and he wasn't eating like I think he should.
    I always get Austin out and hold him while he is eating from my plastic tongs. I feed him ground Turkey, sometimes raw chicken sliced up into pieces he can swallow, and I feed him egg yellow from a hard boiled egg sometimes and he loves it. I have been cage taming him since August, it has been a rough ride to say the least. He would run out of my hands and get up on two feet like a hot rod leaving the line racing. Now he's somewhat communal with me and will allow me to pet his chin, and dig him out to hold him in the morning time. But when he's been basking for a while he tries to run away when I place my hand in the enclosure. Is this his way of telling me to get away? Because if I try to go slowly under his chin to pet him or pick him up he whips me with his tail and bites, death rolls onto my finger and he starts to charge me sometimes. Should I be looking for another method of taming? I'm currently trying 30 minutes in the bath tub every day to see if that works any better. Is this just his little attitude he will have for the rest of his life? Or is there any way I can get him to be a consistent sweetheart?

    I've attached some pics of the little guy. Any responses would be appreciated.

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  2. AlphaAlpha

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    Alpha is now around 18 month and still can be tempremental at times especially trying to get him out of his enclosure, even though he love to come out... He doesn't show aggression but can try to scramble away and death roll but only for the first pick up out of his eclosure and for a few seconds, easily calmed by talking and stroking his head (which is a great mission in its self with a 3foot+ power house trying to get away.......lol).... I just tend to swoop him up and hold him against my chest making sure I have at least 2 t-shirts so his claws don`t slice me.

    just be patient I'm sure he'll grow to be just fine.
  3. Austin27

    Austin27 New Member

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    He flew out of his enclosure today running away from me, I've seen this movie before... As I try to gently get him back into my hands he scurries away into the darkness under my Beardies tank stand, it is a nice confined space he feels comfortable with but I can't let him roam because I can't trust him and I have no idea what he could possibly get into. So as I'm moving my hand closer he gaped each time lol, I knew I was getting bit. I got bit a solid 4 times but I didn't pull away, so after I picked him up he stopped being mean to me lol. Let me rub his head and everything no gaping or hissing. It is just strange to me but I'm sure to no one else as to why he's so calm all the time in my hands but not calm while I'm trying to scoop him up.
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    I used to tease Alpha in a box when I first got him so I could take him into my hall way or bathroom so he had no where to hide, I would then just sit reading or playing on my tablet keeping as still as i could so he could grow some balls to come investigate me instead of me chasing him round his enclosure, I also used to sit with my hand in his enclosure not to touch him just so he got used to knowing me, moving closer and closer over the next few months.
    Although he does have free rein of my apartment now because hes big enough for me not to lose, he still does have his hide spots and sticks to them more often than not.
    Also when Alphas mouth used to gape instead of pushing on and still going for the pick up, I used to just freeze and wait so he could get used to my hand a little and more often than not he would relax.

    Be warned you neded patience, patience and a bucket more patience......lol

    Just remember other animals that live for 15-20 years take upto 2 years to train and trust each other.
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  5. Debita

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    I'm just strangely happy to have someone else go through what I go through. Skully has been with me for over 8 months now, and we're starting to finally bond. I let her dictate what she wants. I also never feed her while holding her. (not saying I never will but while trying to gain their trust I try to do as much as I can that would be natural for her). She now comes to the glass and tries to come out, and when I go to get her she seems more willing. They like being out, but they really want it on their terms. I don't mind that, but it was a gigantic process of slowly letting me even touch her in the beginning. Then I tried touching her differently. She has her food when she needs it - I tried rewarding but it didn't seem to make a difference. She still tries the death roll without fail, every time I bring her out of her home. I yell "no" and "stop" and she looks at me very weird and then I tuck her tail under my side and we're good to go. She has been a hellion. On some weird level, it makes it that much better when she accepts me, and that's actually happening. So many people said (last April) to give it a few weeks.... I respect everyone's opinion here, but I do think there are some difficult little beasts that take up to a year to tame. Hang in there! It's worth it! (I can't believe how many times you've been bitten!! The first time Skully tried to bite me, she smacked her head onto the glass door...she was just a blur to me, but was in fantastic Tegu form...lol)