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New tegu question

Kmerritt

New Member
Hello everyone
I got my tegu about a week ago and the first two days he did good was super active but now he hides a lot and barricades himself basically in his hide today was the first day he ate ( oct 17,2020)
He’s in a 6 foot long 3 1/2 foot wide 3 foot tall enclosure, basking stop is around 115-120 and cool side is about 70-80. Just wondering why he’s hiding now and always blocks the entrance to his hide ?
 

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rantology

Active Member
It's quite normal - they can be settling in which can take a few weeks during which they will like to hide a lot and have a spotty appetite. It is also the start of brumation season and many gus are slowing down and sleeping so it could be the case as well. Keep offering food regularly, leave it in the tank for a few hours while you are not in the room in case he is too shy to eat when you are watching. He looks like a yearling so every other day would be fine. Just let him set the pace as you get to know each other :) If he simply does not come out he is likely starting brumation.
 

Kmerritt

New Member
It's quite normal - they can be settling in which can take a few weeks during which they will like to hide a lot and have a spotty appetite. It is also the start of brumation season and many gus are slowing down and sleeping so it could be the case as well. Keep offering food regularly, leave it in the tank for a few hours while you are not in the room in case he is too shy to eat when you are watching. He looks like a yearling so every other day would be fine. Just let him set the pace as you get to know each other :) If he simply does not come out he is likely starting brumation.
Thank you so much a lot of help
 

Shasta1979

New Member
It's quite normal - they can be settling in which can take a few weeks during which they will like to hide a lot and have a spotty appetite. It is also the start of brumation season and many gus are slowing down and sleeping so it could be the case as well. Keep offering food regularly, leave it in the tank for a few hours while you are not in the room in case he is too shy to eat when you are watching. He looks like a yearling so every other day would be fine. Just let him set the pace as you get to know each other :) If he simply does not come out he is likely starting brumation.
Try adjusting your basking temps if they hide alot its either settling in since its so new or maybe your basking spot is too hot. There's no set temp every tegu is different try lowering it to 110 to 115. I notice mine hide alot more when my temps are above 115 but like i said they all like different things so mess with your temps and see if that helps
 
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