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Substrate issues

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by nicolesciria, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. nicolesciria

    nicolesciria New Member

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    I've had my red tegu for 2 months now really no issues except for today when I came home from work. He has cypress mulch as his substrate, temps good, humidity good he's been eating perfect for me too. When I came home in both corners of his mouth he had a decent amount of substrate inside of it, I took him out and got as much out of his mouth as he would let me he had a sliver in his gums I had to take out also... it looked like he was trying to eat it ..? Or opened his mouth while burrowed and got a mouth full of it ? Regardless Im going to have to take him to the vet now and make sure he's okay.. he has me super worried. any one else ever have this happen ?? Also I do not trust keeping him in the cypress mulch after this happening, what is something good I could change the substrate to ? Any help appreciated thanks
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    VenusAndSaturn Active Member

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    I personally use a eco earth and organic top soil mix mainly with just a bit of cypress mulch and moss. This mixture seems to work great for me, I'd just do it without cypress mulch added in.

    I hope he'll be okay.
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    Gary Member

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    Cypress is better once they get bigger. I did soil and eco earth as well for the first 6 months
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    Did you have any live prey that he maybe dove at and missed? How big is he?
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    nicolesciria New Member

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    Thank you I just put eco earth in there I'm going to buy other stuff to mix it with tomorrow and hopefully that helps cause he seems confused about the change>.< he has been doing good though he pooped earlier so I'm sure he's not impacted and is acting normal just hopefully this doesn't happen again
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    nicolesciria New Member

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    Nope I only feed him outside of his tank so that couldn't have been it this is why this whole situation had me so confused lol. And hes not too big he's around 7-8 months

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