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Tegu Advice for Food, keeping him hydrated


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Hi, Tegu enthusiasts!

I am caring for a year-old red tegu that actually belongs to my stepson who is living out of the state. I have been reading up on the threads concerning a balanced diet and humidity, but I have more questions.

I've heard pros and cons to feeding tegus ground turkey. I find that ground turkey is easy to prepare (putting calcium in the mix), and my tegu loves it. I'm really weirded out about feeding him ducklings, frogs, mice, etc. Is there a better meat choice you could recommend? I do offer him fruits and veggies, but he's picky about that stuff.

Additionally, we were in process to making him a tegu habitat (a large wood box 4'x8') but haven't made the time to finish it as we recently moved. He likes to roam around the house, find somewhere to sleep, but obvioiusly he's not getting heat nor humidity, so I move him into the reptile room and put him under the UVB lamp. Eventually I put him in a 20 gallon tank with moistened substrate and his lamp to keep him humidified, but I know he probably needs more. I have started giving him a bath 1x/week, which he loves.

Any advice on what I'm doing with this awesome little guy? He has such a personality!



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Welcome. Check out various threads. In the meantime, frozen/ thawed rodents heavily dusted in calcium are king when it comes to nutrition. Ground turkey, organ meat, and high quality wet dog food can supplement.