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Posted by: isildae19 at Tue Oct 26 15:54:39 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by isildae19 ]  
   

I just bought a red tegu about 2 weeks ago. He was active the first few days and eats fine but about the second week started to spend more and more time in its burrow under the water dish. I know these lizards will spend a few months brumating, but it's only a few months old (about 8 or 9 inches) and I'm not sure if it's normal for red tegus to start brumating this early.

It's also becoming more and more stressed whenever I have to do anything in the cage and will start breathing heavily and freaks out at the slightest touch from me (even if I'm very slow and calm). The only thing I can think of is the tegu is not used to the calmness of my house because I work some days and can't be around to tame it on those days since it only comes out of the burrow for a few hours. What are some things I could do to help the tegu become comfortable with me. I've raised a bearded dragon, diamondback turtle and chameleon and I've never had this problem before.


   

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