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Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Monitors

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Reptile Dave

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Argentina Black And White Tegu

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

This care sheet applies also to.

Red TEGU
Blue TEGU

Sexing and Characteristics:

It is hard to determine but the males seem to have a larger and thicker vent than the females.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

The best thing to use is cypress mulch because it holds in moisture. the second best thing is reptibark which is at any major pet store.

They should have a water dish big enough for them to soak in to help with shedding and proper hydration.

Lighting and UVB:

Your tegu should always be able to bask under a UVB light for there bones to develop properly

Temperatures and Humidity:

TEGU’s require high humidity, there cage should be between 50 and 75 percent. Any lower than 50 they may have a bad shed and develop skin rot, so it is very important to keep the humidity high.

They should have a basking spot about 110 degrees so they can properly digest there food.

For the average temp of the cage it should be around 80 degrees.

Heating and Equipment:

Use a basking lamp for the hot spot and for more heat use a under the tank heating pad that sticks to the bottom of the cage.

Caging Provided:

A full grown adult tegu should at least have a minimum of
6x2x2 feet of space. They do not climb so height is not an issue.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

There is much controversy on what the ratio of fruit to meat is for a tegu but in my opinion the ratio should be 90 percent meat and 10 percent fruit.

The most staple food for baby tegus are crickets and mealworms. as they get older they tend to eat more fruit.
For the adults feed them mice and rats along with the occasional wet dog food to build up weight. for fruit there is not much fruit that a tegu will not eat but only give bananas as a treat because they have a harder time metabolizing the potassium.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Once or twice dust there food with a calcium supplement for proper bone growth.

Maintenance:

They poop a lot, fortunately if you have a big enough water dish they will use that as its litter box which requires less substrate changes but more frequent water changes. On average clean there substrate every 2 weeks depending on the cleanliness.

Some Words on this Species:

Tegus can be the most rewarding reptiles to own because of their friendly and curious nature just make sure to dedicate a lot of time for them because in the end you will have a tegu that is as tame as a dog that will seek your attention.
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