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Worried about Tegu's health

Discussion in 'Blue Tegu Discussion' started by EmilzHerp, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. EmilzHerp

    EmilzHerp New Member

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    Hi,

    I have a 22 inch female blue tegu who I have had since May. I got her from Ben Siegel Reptiles on Facebook. She's been very healthy since I got her, but she seems to be declining. She still eats voraciously, taking down boiled eggs, kiwi, grapes, blueberries, ground turkey meat, feeder bugs, and the occasional mouse. I've noticed that in the recent weeks she seems to be both losing weight and losing muscle. I could be completely wrong. Is it possible she is just slowing down for brumation, or could something be wrong with her health? The first picture is one from August, and the second is from last week. Today I am going out to buy some mice, and I'm hoping to fatten her up. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks,

    Emilio

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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Take her to a qualified vet that deals in exotics ASAP. She should not eat voraciously AND lose weight. Brumating lizards go into winter fat and ever less interested in food.
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    EmilzHerp New Member

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    Do you think that the pictures show a dangerous difference? I think voraciously was the wrong word, more like she has eaten well with consistency, although she seems to be eating less than before. Could she just be lacking something in diet?
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Eating less than before is fine if she is beginning a winter slowdown, which is typical. They will also lose some weight over the months. You have to decide if she has lost a significant amount of weight over the past six months as this is the very time she should be growing like a weed.
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    EmilzHerp New Member

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    She's definitely grown, that's for sure. When I take her out, she is still active. She will climb everywhere. She doesn't have any bones visible through skin, and I know she's hydrated. What should the meat:fruit ratio be for meals? I fear I've been giving her too much fruit and egg, and not enough meat.
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    She needs a lot of whole prey items, such as frozen/ thawed mice. She needs balanced animal protein diet, heavily dusted with calcium powder. Like it was snowing.
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    So today would a good meal be 2 fuzzies doused in reptivite, with egg and kiwi on the side?
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Personally, I'd offer it 4-5 fuzzies and some kiwi. Egg not necessary as a staple. She should eat her fill so that she is growing.
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    Even at her size? That many?
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    Let her eat her fill.
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    Dee-Dee Idrais Active Member

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    Maybe it's just me, but that tegu looks real thin. Something could be seriously wrong. You should take her to the vet
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That was my concern as well. Her call but CERTAINLY wouldn't hurt to take to vet. Maybe a life saver if parasites kicking in.
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    So I just took a picture of her, she's basking and digesting. Thoughts? I assume it's a bit to early to tell
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    Skinny and I don't know if sick or underfed.
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    Alright, I'll take her to the vet on Saturday. Thanks so much for your help
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    It does look thin. Of course there is no way of telling why from the picture.


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    Dee-Dee Idrais Active Member

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    Please do and let us know how you make out. Best of luck


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    Exactly.
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    Good luck and keep posted please.

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