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    Question Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    I got my argentine black and white tegu about 3 weeks ago, and she is about 2 feet form nose to tail, and almost a year old. I ordered her from varnyard herps and she was in hibernation when she was shipped to me, when i got her she was awake and very nice and had no problem with me holding her or petting her. And she hasnt really been handled before i got her. Then she went to sleep for about 4 days, and when she woke up and i tryed to pet her or pick her up she ran away from me.

    She is never really mean and dosent hiss or ever try to bite me, but she dosent let me pick her up. I try and work with her every day and she is getting better and letting me pet her but still dosent let me pick her up. And when i try she squirms alot.

    I know you are not suppost to feed them in there cage but i do because she wont let me pick her up and move her to a seperate feeding bin. And i dont want to chase her around trying to catch her and scare her. But i do make sure she is in her hiding spot when i put the food in so she dosent see me put the food in.

    Can someone please tell me if i am doing anything wrong, and if there is anything else i can do to taking taming her better and quicker, and give me any tips, Thanks






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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    I think the best thing you can do is not try picking her up for the next few weeks, just continue to put food/water and clean the enclosure. You can just put your hand in and keep very still so she knows you won`t hurt her, because just now you`re like a predator to her. Can you give details of how she`s being kept; tank size, temps and humidity, type of lighting/heating, substate etc, and do you have any photos you can put up?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by murrindindi View Post
    I think the best thing you can do is not try picking her up for the next few weeks, just continue to put food/water and clean the enclosure. You can just put your hand in and keep very still so she knows you won`t hurt her, because just now you`re like a predator to her. Can you give details of how she`s being kept; tank size, temps and humidity, type of lighting/heating, substate etc, and do you have any photos you can put up?
    Thanks!
    I am keeping her in a 6 foot long my 3 foot wide by about 3 feet high custom enclosure, the tempature is at about 90-100 degrees F, the humadity is around 60ish and i am trying to find a way to get it higher, and i use a 150 watt heat lamp and i also have a 4 foot long uvb light, and in the bottom of her cage i have cypress mulch.

    here are pictures of her
    http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/...aa_b/kira5.jpg
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    and here is her enclosure
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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by murrindindi View Post
    I think the best thing you can do is not try picking her up for the next few weeks, just continue to put food/water and clean the enclosure. You can just put your hand in and keep very still so she knows you won`t hurt her, because just now you`re like a predator to her. Can you give details of how she`s being kept; tank size, temps and humidity, type of lighting/heating, substate etc, and do you have any photos you can put up?
    Thanks!
    Well said.

    Remember the lizard has to adjust to you. Take it slow and don't rush it. Let her come to you.

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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by alicia123 View Post
    I am keeping her in a 6 foot long my 3 foot wide by about 3 feet high custom enclosure, the tempature is at about 90-100 degrees F, the humadity is around 60ish and i am trying to find a way to get it higher, and i use a 150 watt heat lamp and i also have a 4 foot long uvb light, and in the bottom of her cage i have cypress mulch.
    Hi, thanks for the info, beautiful animal! The enclosure itself looks good, but the fluorescent tube is too far from the animal to be of use, it needs to be within 12inches or less. These animals DO need UVB, so I would suggest you use the best UVB/heat lamp on the market at this time; "Megaray" lamps emmit heat and light, they are as close to natural sunlight at the recommended distances as it`s possible to get artificially. Others are the "Powersun" lamps and similar.The humidity is o.k at 60%, but you can go a little higher, it will vary throughout the enclosure, (lower around the basking area), the temps are fine.

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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by murrindindi View Post
    Hi, thanks for the info, beautiful animal! The enclosure itself looks good, but the fluorescent tube is too far from the animal to be of use, it needs to be within 12inches or less. These animals DO need UVB, so I would suggest you use the best UVB/heat lamp on the market at this time; "Megaray" lamps emmit heat and light, they are as close to natural sunlight at the recommended distances as it`s possible to get artificially. Others are the "Powersun" lamps and similar.The humidity is o.k at 60%, but you can go a little higher, it will vary throughout the enclosure, (lower around the basking area), the temps are fine.
    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    You`re most welcome to the advice! Is there a chance you can get one of the lamps I mentioned in the near future? Also, I would provide more hiding places, the tank looks a little bare, I just noticed, is that a vent on the left side of the tank near the top, if yes, it`s best to put the vents close the the bottom.

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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by murrindindi View Post
    You`re most welcome to the advice! Is there a chance you can get one of the lamps I mentioned in the near future? Also, I would provide more hiding places, the tank looks a little bare, I just noticed, is that a vent on the left side of the tank near the top, if yes, it`s best to put the vents close the the bottom.
    Yeah I will look into the lamps. And there is also another hide on the left side you just cant see it in the photo because the wall is covering it up. And she also has 2 burrows in there. And, yes that is a vent on the side and sometimes I cover it up depending on the humidity and the tempature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alicia123 View Post
    Yeah I will look into the lamps. And there is also another hide on the left side you just cant see it in the photo because the wall is covering it up. And she also has 2 burrows in there. And, yes that is a vent on the side and sometimes I cover it up depending on the humidity and the tempature.
    I hope you can get one of the Megaray lamps or similar, they will last around 12months, and they just fit into a ceramic socket, you can still use the fluorescent strip lights for supplementary illumination, although a 2-0 tube would be best, low in UVB but close to natural daylight. You should leave the vent open for good air circulation. Is there any chance you could get a vent made at each side, approx 3 inches up from the substrate?

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    Re: Taming Argentine Black and White Tegu Help!

    Quote Originally Posted by murrindindi View Post
    I hope you can get one of the Megaray lamps or similar, they will last around 12months, and they just fit into a ceramic socket, you can still use the fluorescent strip lights for supplementary illumination, although a 2-0 tube would be best, low in UVB but close to natural daylight. You should leave the vent open for good air circulation. Is there any chance you could get a vent made at each side, approx 3 inches up from the substrate?
    I actually have another vent on the top that is about the same size as the one on the side. But I can see what I can to to make another one.

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