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Posted by nemoray on April 11, 2003 at 08:38:43:
You all are a great help to us lizard "newbies." Anyway, when I traded for my baby red, I picked him because he appeared healthy and was not terribly shy. After getting him home for a few days and feeding him well and getting temps and lighting right,he soon became jumpy. He does not try to bite, but will hurry away if I reach in to clean or change food and water. I assume his behavior is like that of a baby king snake. They are jumpy and flighty as juvies, but become calmer and tractable as they grow. Is this "normal" behavior for a baby tegu. I do not wish to stress him. He has no problem with me being in the room or sitting next to the enclosure, but reaching in scares him pretty well. I assume with gentleness, and patience he will calm as he grows. Am I right? Thanks.