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My tegu thinks I'm food....help please

Discussion in 'Black and White Tegu Discussion' started by Bianca Rosato, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Bianca Rosato

    Bianca Rosato New Member

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    Okay so I have a 2.5 month old female argentine black and white tegu. I've had her since she was a hatchling and I co-own her with my boyfriend. We currently feed her a variety of insects including superworms, hornworms, nightcrawlers, crickets, Dubias, etc. We also feed her fish occasionally, ground turkey, chicken breast occasionally, chicken liver, gizzard, and heart, and eggs. She recently started eating fruits and vegetables in the past few weeks, and her favorites are blackberries, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and carrots. We feed her every day at the exact same time, and we allow her to eat until she's full. We also often hand feed her. We never feed her live prey, and we have never given her a whole prey item. We take her out several times a day, not just for feeding, and we never feed in the tank.

    Recently she has been attacking me like I'm food... I know that sounds so weird but I don't know any other way to put it. She'll sniff me a couple times, twist her head, and strike. I know it's not aggressive because she sniffs first, and I don't think it has anything to do with hand feeding because she'll do it to my arms, feet, legs, toes, etc. She's even bit me on my face before. Right now it doesn't hurt or cause much damage, but when she's older it could be a serious problem. The thing is - she has never done this to my boyfriend, who also hand feeds.

    I'm really confused and worried. Am I not spending enough time with her? Should I stop hand feeding? Maybe I should make sure she's full before handling? Maybe I just smell like food...????!? Please help!!
  2. Adramelec

    Adramelec New Member 5 Year Member

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    It could be the handfeeding, but I think it could be your smell, do you use body lotion, cream or something like this? my boy reacts a lot when I use lotion.
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  3. AlphaAlpha

    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    I agree it could a lotion or something you use ....... but it could be she is testing boundaries and trying to work her place within the group/pack.
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    Zyn Active Member

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    I’d suggest feeding whole items as to stated you’ve never fed a whole item could be she’s hungry and lacking some calcium. But i doubt its that as much calcium your fingers might have I don’t think that’s it.

    My blue still does this from time to time, I Just don’t stick my fingers in his face. Are you handling it after you’ve messed with food of any kind?
  5. Bianca Rosato

    Bianca Rosato New Member

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    I put calcium on everything she eats, and I use a multivitamin 2x a week. I haven't given whole prey just because it's a lot less convenient than what I'm giving her now, but I'm not opposed to trying that and I likely will soon. And i try to wash my hands before handling, but I could probably be better about that. Thank you for your advice!