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  1. Forgot to add: actually, dpjm, this has been...

    Forgot to add: actually, dpjm, this has been shown in other squamates before, just not as profoundly. I think a previous study showed a 0.5-1.0 degree Celsius increase in body temperature over...
  2. That's the research of myself and my colleagues,...

    That's the research of myself and my colleagues, it's taken us quite some time and a lot of effort to not only prove this phenomenon, but to convince the scientific community we weren't crazy. I had...
  3. Thread: Old age

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    I can't say for absolute certainty, but I have a...

    I can't say for absolute certainty, but I have a tegu that was retired to me from my old lab, and if it was one of my original research specimens, that would put him at 17 years. I however suspect he...
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    The problem with expecting taxonomic changes to...

    The problem with expecting taxonomic changes to be completely adopted by everyone is that taxonomy is its own science, and not all scientists follow its changes. Think what it's like getting you and...
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    They are Salvator merianae. Problem is that many...

    They are Salvator merianae. Problem is that many physiologists are not that up-to-date on taxonomic changes, and I didn't get to have a say on that before this paper was submitted for publication...
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    Waiting a long, long time....

    It has taken quite some time, issues of getting more corroborating data and polishing our findings, but my groups' data is finally getting some publications. Perhaps not too interesting to the...
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    Well, I posted this for 2 reasons. First and...

    Well, I posted this for 2 reasons. First and foremost was the unusual natural history observation that gives pretty strong evidence for the presence of pheromones in tegus. Secondly was something...
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    Necrophilia documented in Tegus

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150227-necrophilia-lizards-animals-mating-sex-science-brazil/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20150301news-lizards&utm_campaign...
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    The thing to keep in mind here is basic anatomy...

    The thing to keep in mind here is basic anatomy that all vertebrates share, and that is we have eustachian tubes connecting our oral passage to our middle ears (this is how we are able to equalize...
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    dpjm - where did you hear that? UVB IS typically...

    dpjm - where did you hear that? UVB IS typically a prescribed treatment for hypocalcemia in reptiles.

    papabeans - the problem that I seem to most often encounter is most hobbyists don't seem to...
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    Now, that's not quite what I said. It probably...

    Now, that's not quite what I said. It probably has nothing to do with the fish, and you may not have done anything wrong at all. Tegus are the same as people: they each have their own genetic quirks...
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    Well, you may not see it as related, but I think...

    Well, you may not see it as related, but I think there's a very good chance it actually is. No, I'm not saying Leonidas is hypocalcemic. I have actually seen this before (although, thankfully, not...
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    Everyone when they think of hypocalcemia tends to...

    Everyone when they think of hypocalcemia tends to jump to ideas of MBD, but if you're familiar with physiology you know just about everything comes down to calcium, hence why the skeleton is so...
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    Unless you really know what you're doing (and I...

    Unless you really know what you're doing (and I mean seriously, more than just "I've got experience giving myself an enema"), this is something NO ONE should attempt without proper training. You can...
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    Last year (I think it was) some researchers...

    Last year (I think it was) some researchers re-classified the whole Teiidae family (Tegus, Ameivas, all of them), and for the tegus they decided there was enough difference to split the genus into 2...
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    I can see nothing I have brought up since 2003...

    I can see nothing I have brought up since 2003 when this debate started has even registered with some people...not trying to be insulting, but these are points going way, way, way, way back. Some...
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    Blue tegus are not all albinos. Blue tegus...

    Blue tegus are not all albinos. Blue tegus breeders have produced quite a few albinos. There is more than one gene involved that can result in producing albinos, and in order for albinos to be...
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    The problem you're facing here is multifaceted...

    The problem you're facing here is multifaceted and there is little advantage one way or another. You not only have a choice of whether to go with surgery or a hormone therapy, but I'd also warn that...
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    Legion, this is amazingly similar to a case that...

    Legion, this is amazingly similar to a case that happened very recently to a lady here in town. I encourage you to read the whole link before you make your decision....
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    Same thing, yours is just pretty pale in...

    Same thing, yours is just pretty pale in comparison to some.
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    What can I say, that's what he was. He was a...

    What can I say, that's what he was. He was a vicious little monster, had "little dog" syndrome until his 3rd or 4th year when he finally reached the average size of the other tegus and mellowed out.
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    I would have to admit that I'm "guessing" as to...

    I would have to admit that I'm "guessing" as to his age in this photo: while I'm certain the exact records of when he was hatched and whom his parents were, etc., etc., etc., the problem is....those...
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    I probably know more about the origins of that...

    I probably know more about the origins of that particular tegu than most do of theirs. He came from Brasilian stock in Sao Paulo, Brasil, there were many different coloured offspring from that group...
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    Years ago in my initial lab colony I had a...

    Years ago in my initial lab colony I had a beautiful young male of a similar colouration (I named him Rainbow Warrior). I only have one photo of him, and this was years ago, digital cameras were not...
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    Sorry to hear this, but I have as well told...

    Sorry to hear this, but I have as well told people that tegus are not the best swimmers. Some can be, but my experience is that, similar to humans, if they don't have the proper exposure, then it can...
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