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  1. Recent paper on reptiles and UVB - Baines et al. (2016)

    This is great material - should be required reading. Please check it out. Just follow the link and download the PDF file.

    http://www.jzar.org/jzar/article/view/150/89
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    New study: tegus are facultative endotherns

    This is pretty cool, as far as I know this is the first time this is seen in squamates (or really in modern ectotherms). Tegus can produce and maintain body heat during their reproductive season,...
  3. They continuously shed some lining in their...

    They continuously shed some lining in their mouth, honestly I don't really know exactly where they are from, but somewhere in the mouth. There are always two, presumably one from each side. My tegu...
  4. hand-feeding with spatula - get your tegu to eat vegetables

    Hello everyone. I've been meaning to start a thread on this for awhile, here it is.

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    I've had a lot of success with a hand-feeding method that uses a flat bamboo spatula, like this. It...
  5. Thread: Old age

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    Hi Zarnach. Congrats on a 13 year old. I really...

    Hi Zarnach. Congrats on a 13 year old. I really like this old age thread that praises longevity rather than size. There are plenty of "largest tegu/animal" threads that congratulate owners on...
  6. Thread: Old age

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    I'll reprint part of a post that tupinambis...

    I'll reprint part of a post that tupinambis authored (thanks, tupinambis), which is relevant here. I don't know how to actually bring in quotes from another thread, so I'll do it old school.
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    Anthony, Also sorry for the slow reply, I...

    Anthony,

    Also sorry for the slow reply, I haven't checked on here lately.

    I have no experience with female tegus, so can't be a ton of help here. Although this is not the regular time for...
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    Definitely, people are always proud to have big...

    Definitely, people are always proud to have big animals, as if they have accomplished some major feat. Of less interest is whether the animal is actually healthy, but the common conception is that...
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    Thanks for the info. It's a bit unfortunate that...

    Thanks for the info. It's a bit unfortunate that new taxonomic changes aren't reflected in current research papers because that is one way that I would go about deciding if a new change was well...
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    Congratulations on being published and thanks for...

    Congratulations on being published and thanks for linking us to the abstracts, as well I usually scan through the references for even more reading material. Must have been interesting to work on.
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  11. Thread: Old age

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    Ripper, my male Argentine, is also 11 and going...

    Ripper, my male Argentine, is also 11 and going strong. I haven't heard much either about longevity.
  12. Thread: Ant Poison

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    I don't think she would eat ants even if she were...

    I don't think she would eat ants even if she were active. I was more concerned about ants depositing poison into the substrate. I'd leave her alone and change the substrate when she gets up, like...
  13. Thread: Ant Poison

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    I think that type of poison needs to be ingested,...

    I think that type of poison needs to be ingested, so I wouldn't worry about fumes, etc. However, there is a risk of her(?) ingesting, depending on factors that only you can know (mostly regarding...
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    Those beads should be pretty easy to find (on a...

    Those beads should be pretty easy to find (on a male). About a 1/4" past the cloaca on both sides of the tail is where they are located. So if you have your finger on the cloaca, move it 1/4" down...
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    You could take him to the vet, that's probably...

    You could take him to the vet, that's probably the best idea, check on that moveable mass. If it's an intestinal blockage, which it could be from the ground meat diet, lactulose works pretty well...
  16. Thread: DIY Tegu enema

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    Oops, haha. Yes of course UVB is a typical...

    Oops, haha. Yes of course UVB is a typical treatment for hypocalcemia, I couldn't think of a better one.

    I actually meant to type hypercalcemia. From what you were saying regarding UVB as a...
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    Interesting, I wonder then if uvb exposure could...

    Interesting, I wonder then if uvb exposure could be a treatment for hypocalcemia rather than making it worse?
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    Avocados have been reported to be toxic to many...

    Avocados have been reported to be toxic to many animals, reptiles included. The source of the toxicity seems to be persin, a compound found mostly in the leaves and in the pit. The meat of the fruit...
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    Unfortunately for us, solid answers for these...

    Unfortunately for us, solid answers for these questions are not available right now. It's pretty much trial and error right now because data is lacking. I'll try to help though.

    Calcium - One...
  20. Thread: Stunted Growth?

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    Colder weather is one of the cues a tegu may use...

    Colder weather is one of the cues a tegu may use to decide it's time to hibernate, so that is a likely scenario.

    You say you use a multivitamin with D3 but do you use any UVB lighting or allow...
  21. Thread: What should I do?

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    Your tegu doesn't necessarily need your...

    Your tegu doesn't necessarily need your attention, he will be just fine on his own as long as you still provide the necessities. Daily attention is important to help him develop a tolerance to...
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    Describe the gnats. Do they hop or do they fly? ...

    Describe the gnats. Do they hop or do they fly? If they hop they are not gnats, probably springtails (non-insect hexapods). If they fly they might be gnats or small fruitflies, which are annoying...
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    There is probably not a single bulb that will do...

    There is probably not a single bulb that will do what you are asking, especially if you have already tried a 375 W. I would try a combination of 2 bulbs, probably 175 W halogens (I agree that they...
  24. Thread: Tegus in Florida

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    Tegus in Florida

    I know there are plenty of invasive reptiles in south Florida, you hear about Burmese pythons, rock pythons, nile monitors, and iguanas all the time but this is the first account I have read about...
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    Yes, i was going to say too that 80-90% humidity...

    Yes, i was going to say too that 80-90% humidity is very high, besides RI problems, there are many unwanted organisms that thrive in humid conditions (bacteria, mold, parasites). However, some of...
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