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Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by Joey Gates, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. Joey Gates

    Joey Gates New Member

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    Hi guys...new to this page but needed help. I just got a female Ice tegu hatchling from underground reptiles in August so she's about 3-4 months old. 20 gallon long, 160 watt powersun light on one side. She was fine when I first got her but for the past month she's been acting funny. Doesn't come out as much and eats once in a while (usually when I mist the tank and the humidity sky rockets). I was thinking that she was sick but then wondered if she was hibernating. It freaked me out because she's so small/young and my male red that I bought about her size/age never hibernate at all.
    please let me know if this ever happened to anyone? Thanx
  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Welcome Joey. Tegus brumate, sleep, for some portion of the winter. Some wake up from time to time, othets down for the count. Might last 3-6 mo.

    Get the tegu into a MUCH larger enclosure with 110-115f bask site, loe-mid 80s ambient, and 70s f moist hide. With winter upon us, shorten daylength and bask light time and see what happens.
  3. Joey Gates

    Joey Gates New Member

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    Thanks Walter. I had her in a 40 breeder that I used for my male that was about her size when I got him in December but figured that it might be too big/cold for her so I moved her to a 20 long. Should I just put her back in the 40 with the 160 watt powersun and another low wattage basking light like a 50 watt next to it?
    She's my first hatchling so I'm a lil lost. My male was about her length but he was way thicker and looked indestructible.
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'd move her as long as you can provide the necessary temps.