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Tegu lost trust?

Discussion in 'Introductions and Welcomes' started by Mikeiam, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. Mikeiam

    Mikeiam New Member

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    Hey I’ve had my tegu for going on two months now she is about 7 to eight months old and she was starting to let me hold her and not being jumpy with me when I let her roam my room , well out of no where she’s super jumpy with me and it’s like she lost the trust I built with her ? Her appetite is the same she still eats good and isn’t snapping at me just jumpy like when I first got her , I heard somthing about tegu puberty but I’m not sure if this is like the begging of it or what any advice will help .

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  2. TripleTegus

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    I would say it's just a phase. She's still young, just be patient and persistent eventually she'll become completely complacent with you.
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Familiarity and consistancy in you behavior as well as talking to them will win out.
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  4. Debita

    Debita Active Member

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    Cute picture! And I'm a believer of Tegu puberty. But, if you've only had her for 2 months, it's possible that she's claimed her space and wants you to know. It passes when she's hungry, and realizes you're not a threat. Each animal is different, and so is the timing of their settling in. I have a 2 yr old now, but he was difficult. After about 10 months, he finally accepted me, and I was not apprehensive to go into his home. Then, a year and a half in, I decided to treat him to a warm day outside (first time) in a different enclosure, and he turned on me. I couldn't get him back out of the new area....Jumping at me, hissing, spitting - the whole 9 yards. He loved being outside. We had to come up with some shenanigans to get him back to his home. Cold nights were on the way. So - there's puberty but there's also territoriality. They will never stop thinking they're in charge.

    Life with Tegus.
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  5. Mikeiam

    Mikeiam New Member

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    Thanks for the reply’s she seems to be being better I think it is just a phase she just hit another shed , and has been coming out to my hands to get out the cage everyday around the same time lol, she likes her roam time
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    That makes sense - they seem a little crabby to me when they're shedding. Don't forget they like a good soak! :D
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    Yes I’m gonna be giving her one today I usually let her shed her body and hands because she never has a problem with that it’s just her tail always seems to be last so I give her a soak once that’s all that’s left and it seems to work , also good for water tameing her