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Trying to help with tegu feeding problem

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Posted by: mfoux at Tue Mar 25 10:40:14 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by mfoux ]  
   

Hey guys, I'm trying to help my brother with his tegu. It's stopped feeding. I'm a snake guy, but know little of lizards and their ways, so I haven't been able to help. Here's what I know:
It's a golden tegu about 18 months old and small for it's age.
It hasn't eaten in about three months
It continues to defecate
It hasn't lost a significant amount of weight
It has become much more lethargic
I do not know the temperatures, but my brother says they have not been changed even though it's winter/early spring.
I can't see anything physically wrong with the tegu.
I do not know what kind of lighting he is using.

Since the lizard hasn't lost weight and seems lethargic, could it be trying to brumate or hibernate?
How long can a tegu go without feeding?
Again, I have a great deal of experience with snakes, but little with lizards.
My brother has limited funds and there are no qualified reptile vets in the area he lives, or I would have suggested he seek their counsel.

Any ideas? I'd hate for him to lose his pet.
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