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Are tegu good pets?

Are tegu good pets?

Tegu lizards can be good pets, but they aren’t recommended for first-time or novice reptile owners. Due to their large size and high intelligence, they require a lot of space and enrichment to thrive in captivity.

Can tegus love their owners?

Tegus are known as very intelligent animals. When kept in captivity, they are able to recognize their owners and form a close bond with them. Tegu requires human love and affection. It will sometimes rather spend quality time with its owners instead to eat.

How long do black and white Tegus live in captivity?

15 to 20 years
In captivity, Argentine Black and White Tegus can live from 15 to 20 years. The most common health concerns for this species is metabolic bone disease, calcium or phosphorous deficiency, salmonella and internal parasites.

How often should I soak my tegu?

To entice drinking and assist with shedding, your tegu can be soaked in shallow tepid water for 15-20 minutes daily.

Do TEGU have teeth?

Question: Does a tegu have sharp teeth? Answer: Yes, their teeth are very sharp. They do not bite if handled, but in the wild, they use their teeth to defend themselves against dogs and other animals that attack them.

What is the average lifespan of a tegu lizard?

Sometimes Argentine tegus are also called giant tegus or big-headed tegus. As its common name implies, these lizards hail from Argentina and other parts of South America. Names: Argentine black and white tegu, black and white tegu (Tupinambis) merianae. Size: Up to 4 feet. Lifespan: Up to 15 years in captivity.

What kind of cage does a tegus need?

Argentine black and white tegus are big and need large and secure enclosures. Juvenile tegus can be kept in a large glass aquarium with a locking lid, but adults will need a larger specialty terrarium or a custom-built cage.

How big does a tegus tank need to be?

Tegus grow about an inch a month during the peak of their growth cycle, so a 40-gallon tank won’t cut it for very long. Adults need an enclosure that’s at least 72 inches long, 36 inches wide, and 36 inches tall.

How big do tegu Snakes get?

The typical tegu size is around five feet in length. This is for the Argentine tegu, which is the most common type you’ll find available in pet stores. That measurement is from the snout to the tip of the tale. Other varieties max out at about three or four feet long, making the Argentine the biggest of the bunch.