||Columbian Black & White Tegu|
||Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
is a Columbian Black & White Tegu (Tupinambis teguixin). Even
though they are known for having a rather bad attitude, he is fairly calm.
He seems to tolerate daily handling. He comes out for about ten to fifteen
minutes a day to be use to being handled. His diet consists of superworms,
mealworms, ground turkey, scrambled eggs, and frozen/thawed pinky mice. He
will grow to be three to four feet long. His favorite thing to do is
burrow in his substrate. Sometimes it's hard to find him because he buries
himself so deep.
Tegus grow fast and he will reach his maximum size in as little to a year
to three years of age. They are not a beginner lizard since they require a lot
of floor space and time to keep them tame. They are a monitor lizard and
are very intelligent. They are almost like a dog, but with scales. The
minimum size of enclosure recommended would be 6' X 3' X 3'. They aren't
arboreal lizards, meaning they don't really climb so vertical space you
don't have to worry too much about. He does seem to be curious about the
sound of my voice. He flicks his tongue a lot, tasting and sniffing -
getting used to me. He tilts his head and his eyes are full of curiosity
when I talk to him. Since he's so small right now there's not a lot he can
do besides burrowing in his substrate, eating and getting out for a little
bit each day as I handle him. As he gets older and larger, I plan to take
him outside on a harness to get exercise and see the outdoors.
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