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Need A Little Guidence

Discussion in 'Tegu Taming and Handling Discussion' started by Sayre Morgan, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Sayre Morgan

    Sayre Morgan New Member

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    I just got my new tegu within the past two days. He is a beautiful blue, but like I suspected he is a good bit skittish. He hasn’t tried to bite me or whip me but he just puffs up and goes and hides. So far I have just been sitting outside his cage with the door open and food beside me. I sit and read a book aloud to let him become used to my voice. I don’t know if I am doing this right it seems too early to tell but I don’t want to screw up and create an aggressive animal that isn’t attracted to me in any kind of way. What should my first few steps include? Also my shirt is under his basking light (where he spends most of his time)
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    AlphaAlpha Active Member

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    Hi and welcome..... Juvenile tegus are very skittish,so for one thing I wouldn't worry on that score its nothing out the ordinary... It also sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and have a pretty clear idea of how to do things... For now the only thing I could suggest at this early stage is as you sit there reading, place a hand in his cage (NOT to touch him) so he can familiar himself with it and maybe come investigate it on his own terms..
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  3. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Along with welcome, I second all of what AlphaAlpha said.
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  4. Sayre Morgan

    Sayre Morgan New Member

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    Thank you for replying. Yeah I have heard from many people that taking it slowly is the best. I also have heard it doesn’t always work and sometimes the more abrasive version of handling regardless works better. This is my only pet currently. I have had plenty before but I would hate to have him turn out to be a rotten egg.
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I've yet to hear of one. Some are more friendly than others, though. All seem to be very bright by our standards.
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    Akaiahua New Member

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    Hi Sayre! Any update on your little guy? I’m dealing with the same issues and I was wondering how it’s going?