|I just purchase a 3 foot 3 year old super tamed male red tegu from the reptile expo that was here in Charleston SC this weekend. I have a large enclosure 3’x6’x2’ with about a 8-10" of cypress mulch with a UV light above on one side and the other side has his large water dish with no light on. There is a 1 foot wide heating eliminate that runs along the back of the tank underneath the enclosure as well to provide additional heating. The inside air temperture is around 80 degrees on the dark side. |
His normal diet from the previous owner was ground turkey twice a week only. I fed him yesterday and he ate fine and I did add powdered vitamins/minerals to his turkey as well. I plan on working in some rich vitamin C filled fruits with the turkey at the next feeding in 3 days or so to keep sheds on target.
He has been asleep since I put him down last night. My wife found him this morning with just his head buried in the mulch (on the lit side) and he just made some breathing noises, as to say I am sleeping go away, as she pet him on his back. I see now that it is better to leave him alone as he sleeps and to only take him out when he is awake. If I must awaken him for a special reason I will use my long hemostat with a winter glove attached at the end to make sure he is aware of my presents before I go in and take him out, this trick works great with my boas so I dont get confused as prey when they are looking for food.
My questions are:
1. Does he need a hid a box to retreat to, I forgot to ask the owner if he had one?
2. The cypress mulch is damp when purchased is this cool to use as is especially when combined with the large water disk it provides a nice humid environment as it has the front viewing glass nicely fogged up at the moment?
2. Is it all right to feed him in the enclosure and just remove the dish after he is finish eating if that is what he is accustomed to or should I have an alternate feeding site? He was housed in a 125 aquarium. I gave him a hour or so after he ate and took him out of the enclosure to clean up some dropped turkey and he was fine and let me pet him before I returned him back to rest after a long weekend of being petted and being out of his comfort zone.
Thanks in advance and I am glad I found this site. I read all the post over the last 2-3 months so forgive me if I missed my answers in another post and for being so long winded I am just very excited and I want to do right by him.