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April 5, 2011

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Cuddles, the Pet of the Day
Name: Cuddles
Age: Hatchling
Gender: Male
Kind: Columbian Black & White Tegu
Home: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
   Cuddles 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.

Cuddles, the Pet of the Day
Cuddles, the Pet of the Day

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