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Temperature question

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

  1. TheScubaDude

    TheScubaDude New Member

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    I am a new member on here and am certainly a victim of a little information being a dangerous thing. Through local advice and chatting with vendors at our local Repticon shows, I have built an outdoor enclosure for my baby. As I read more I am seeing recommendations for a rather wide variance for the temperatures from warm and cool side of Tegu's home. Since my cage is an outdoor house in Florida there is not much chance of a 70 degree cool side. He does get that in the evening and obviously high humidity with out typical afternoon rains. Any comments, advice or ideas is extremely welcome.
    (I am building a hide / shade shelf for the cage due to earlier suggestion from a member)

    He certainly seems to love it, but I welcome all input because want the best for my babies.
    I am building the same type enclosures for my Iguanas.


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  2. Zyn

    Zyn Active Member

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    Most of the captive breed Tegus are housed outside in Florida. The cool nights are right where he needs it with a hide like you’re building and maybe some deeper substrate, so if he does get a little hot he can Borrow in and cooldown in the shaded area. Just be ready to upgrade soon he’ll out grow that before you know it. If you watch any of ty herps or underground reptiles feeding videos you can see the size of their outdoor enclosures. I believe Ty’s are 8ftx 6ft and under ground goes with a wide 6ftx6ft
  3. grapebasil

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    Like Zyn said, as long as you’re getting some temperature gradient throughout the day, and as long as he has a little shady spot to thermoregulate in, Florida is clearly a place where Tegus thrive lmao so I’d just watch temps and bring him inside if it gets super hot.
  4. grapebasil

    grapebasil Member

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    Might throw in a tub of water and keep it changed out with cool water during the middle of the day so he can take a dip if need be.
  5. TheScubaDude

    TheScubaDude New Member

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    He has a nice big bowl and more amenities to come, will post updated photos after weekend
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Along that line, tegus are very well-established in southern and central Florida wherethey are horribly destructive to native vertebrates.
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  7. AlphaAlpha

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    Hello......I'd put in a large flat rock or tile to attract the heat and create a proper basking spot too....looks gret though just a little conserned on size also like others have mentioned.

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