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Posted by attentiveear on May 11, 2003 at 19:15:18:
In Reply to: New Tegu Owner ..... suggestions posted by gruveb on May 11, 2003 at 18:10:06:
Beautiful Tegu! Congrats! He/She may not be 18 months old, that is typical their adult size or 3/4 of the way there.
Try feeding it the San Diego Zoo Diet. This is the most highly research diet for monitors adn tegus. You should be able to find it here under this forum's search feature. Just type in SDZ.
:I purchased an 18 month old red tegu two weeks ago. I'm not a completely inexperienced reptile owner as I've owned an iguana, I have an adult savannah monitor and several snakes.
:The store had this tegu since he was a baby, and claimed he wouldn't eat any fruits. I've been able to get him to eat kiwi, bananas and apples. His diet consists of those things, earth worms, meal worms, and crickets rights now. I am starting a colony of hissing cockroaches, but that will be a while.
:Anyhow, any tips and ideas on what I should do to ensure a happy and healthy "Fluffy?"
:I'm attaching a picture of Fluffy. We just got him home and I kept him in an empty 55 gallon aquarium for the night. Now he's in a nicely decorated 55 gallon which I'll post pictures of later. His perminent enclosure is under construction.