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Posted by attentiveear on April 24, 2003 at 08:22:14:
In Reply to: best type of tegu for a begginner tegu owner posted by rejekt on April 23, 2003 at 12:23:21:
Hello there! This is a very subjective question to answer and opinions can vary with each person's experiences. Most of the breeders I've spoken with say that the argentine red tends to be the most docile and easiest to tame. Most tegus though are skittish when young and become more clam as they mature. We have a juvie arg. B&W and it was tame when we brought her home from a show. She has remained skittish for the last 2 months with no signs of improvemment. We have another arg. red approx the same age and length who is a sweetie, yet a bit skittish as first, though is still acclimating a bit. We also have 2 other reds just received. The previous owner used these 1 yr. olds at education shows at schools and day care centers. They are just awesome and like dog tame! He was not sure of the species, though I believe paraguayan. Paraguayan and Arg. are identical in appearance except paraguayans tend to be more brownish-red in color versus a more pure red with the argentine. I have also seen some paraguayan's will some pretty red color as well too.
I do believe that it depends on the tegu and time spent with them. I also am a firm believer that some tegus regardless of there specie will remain skittish and jumpy throughout their entire lives. The reds to appear to be the most docile though from reports form others.
My best wishes!
:hello im new to this forum.i was recently reading an old reptiles mag when i saw the article on argentine b/w tegu.are these a good species for a beggier of tegu keeping.i have other reptiles .3 beardies and 3 geckos.so im not a beginner herper.or is there a better one thats tame and a fairly readonable price.i would like to start with a baby or youg juvi.if its the b/w tegu what is a good size cage for just 1 that it could live in forever????would 6' by 3' by 2' or 3' be good(lenghtxdepthxhight)