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 #2269514


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 Argentina black and white

I am thinking about getting a BW here soon. I have a 75 gallon all set up and ready for him. I just have a few questions about them, I have researched a LOT but some things are unclear.

can you feed canned dog food? and when i say canned i mean the good dog food NOT dog chow, IAMS or anything like that, I mean blue buffalo, natural balance. some say yes and some say no. what is your opinion.

I am just getting so many mixed answers about feeding. so what do you feed yours?



06/10/12  09:40pm

 #2269782


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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2269514


 Argentina black and white

I wouldn’t recommend it. I never fed my tegu or monitors dog food. As a baby he can eat crickets, mealworms, super worms, small roaches. I feed mine ground turkey(raw), eggs( boiled or scrambled) some people feed raw or the whole egg shell and all, I never have. Mice to ensure he gets ample calcium. Fruits like blue berries, bannas, mangos, strawberries. Since my guy is pretty big meal worms don’t cut it so I give him superworms large, large roaches. Fish salmon fillets I cut up or whole fish cut up. When feeding any food without bones use calcium powder on it. I think in the long run ground turkey would be cheaper than dog food, just my 2 cents. I hope this helped.



06/12/12  04:39pm

 #2269784


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  Message To: Scott_k   In reference to Message Id: 2269782


 Argentina black and white

thanks it does help :-) what about whole fish? like whole fish? and can i feed skin banana or just inside? what should i feed as a staple diet? like everyday thing? eggs?



06/12/12  04:54pm

 #2269791


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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2269784


 Argentina black and white

I feed just the bannana inside. Yes he can eat whole fish I forgot to mention that. For my staple I use ground turkey mixed with fish, superworms and roaches, and fruit. Every other day I will give him a mouse. I like this diet because it’s fairly cheap. I make little bags of turkey and fish,freeze them then let them thaw before feeding time. Then add the others stuff in his food bowl. There a million different ways you can make a staple diet. This forum for tegus is kind of dead. Tegu talk has alot of info on everything related to tegus. As far a mice go people will always debate over how often they should eat them. They are high in fat but I really feed him them so I know he’s getting enough calcium. Some people will say I feed mine too much mice others will agree that that’s fine. My guy has a whole room to wander in daily so he gets alot of exercise, so I dont worry about them being high in fat.



06/12/12  05:21pm

 #2269794


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  Message To: Scott_k   In reference to Message Id: 2269791


 Argentina black and white

Sweet. Ok so when you say ground turkey do you mean like what comes tubes at Walmart?



06/12/12  05:28pm

 #2269797


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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2269794


 Argentina black and white

Yep.



06/12/12  05:54pm

 #2269809


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  Message To: Scott_k   In reference to Message Id: 2269797


 Argentina black and white

lol just cheacking. Ok now for last two questions (It think) why not wet dog food? can i feed fish from outside? I know both of these questions alwasy start an argument between people but i would like to know why. I have a clean pond i can get litteraly 1000s perch in. how often can i feed him fish? from what i have read some people say since tegues have really "hard stomachs" so then can handle more stuff. is this true in your opinion?



06/12/12  07:01pm

 #2269874


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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2269809


 Argentina black and white

From talking to people and what I’ve read dog food is very high in fat and also has bacteria in it. Dog food has been sketchy for me so I just stay away from it plus a whole mouse or rat is way more nutritious for the tegu. As for the fish that shouldnt be a problem getting them from the pond. I would just freeze them for a day before I feed him just to ensure any bacteria in the fish is dead. Tegus are like garbage disposals. Feeding time with mine last an hr, and I let him eat as much as he wants in that time. If he fineshed what I give him before times up I’ll give him more, but there will be days when he won’t finish his main serving. Your tegu will let u know when he’s had enough.



06/13/12  12:46pm

 #2269955


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  Message To: Scott_k   In reference to Message Id: 2269874


 Argentina black and white

Good enough reason for me :-) how about hibernation? I would rather not hib my tegu.



06/13/12  10:39pm

 #2269958


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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2269955


 Argentina black and white

Mine never has hibernated. I believe it’s important though if you plan on breeding him/her. But it won’t effect your tegus health or anything like that. I’m not a breeder so I can’t say. But they don’t have to. Your tegu will get alot bigger faster when they don’t hibernate.



06/13/12  11:32pm

 #2269970


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  Message To: Scott_k   In reference to Message Id: 2269958


 Argentina black and white

So I dont need to do anything special? Any other random advice? I will start him off in a 75 gallon tank and build when I need to



06/14/12  08:13am

 #2270001


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  Message To: Chameleon_man   In reference to Message Id: 2269970


 Argentina black and white

You don’t have to do anything special. Mine is very active, so I don’t do anything out of the ordinary. One thing is that they can be come food aggressive. Mine he has a blue bowl that he associates food with, and I have tongs with blue rubber on the end. When he sees those 2 items he’s knows it’s feeding time. I would recommend tong feeding it will help to build trust and getting him to come to you.



06/14/12  02:03pm

 #2270006


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  Message To: Scott_k   In reference to Message Id: 2270001


 Argentina black and white

Well sounds good to me :-) I will get him in a few weeks :-)



06/14/12  03:22pm


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