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    Default Tegu taming... what is "tame"?

    I have been working with weasley for sometime now (I got him in April) He was about a year old when I got him. He was quite wiggly (still is) and really wanted nothing to do with me whatsoever. He is coming up on 2 and I am wondering if we are getting the "taming" thing right... allow me to describe our routine for you
    I go to get him out of the cage and he jumps at first then looks at me like "omg what now" i scoot my hand under him and lift him up as I get him out he attempts to wiggle and death roll and I just let him he calms down and then he opens his mouth at me like AHHHHH i will eat you and i reach with my other hand and lightly close it for him and say ... do be silly close your mouth your breath is horrible... and then he tongues at me and I place him on my chest and he scrambles up and onto my shoulders and will occasionally attempt to jump down (but I do not allow him to fall ) then we go to the tub and I run his bath and he sits there like oh cool bathtime... I put him in the warmish water and sometimes he will just sit and enjoy other times he swims and other times he wigs out and tries to get away as fast as he can... generally I sit with him and pet him then I will go get his food ready while he soaks or clean his cage or whatever... anyway i come back to get him and if he is chillin with his eyes closed i won't mess with him but if he is looking for a way out I will reach in and pick him up to wet lizard death rolls... then he eventually stops and looks at me... i sometimes allow him to roam my room and explore and have left the food out on the floor for him to "discover" (i change it up for enrichment) he gets to be wild for a bit then i seek him out and pick him up (more death rolls and wiggles) and I put him back in his house ... he doesn't seem to ever want to snuggle with me or just sit in my lap and I have seen tons of other tegu want to do this with their owners.. are we on the right track or is there something more I should be doing... he is on aspen has a humidifier and a brand new exo terra solar glo 160 watt bulb (which i got at repticon for under 30 bucks! ) his temps are great per the gun his diet is pretty all inclusive (ps he loves kale... who knew?) fruit meat whole prey items fish supplements and because his tail sheds horribly he gets vitamin e massages 3 times a week... I am constantly reading about tegu and talking to some friends who have them (who sold him to me) I just want to know if I am on the right track and when are they considered tame? I want him to want to be near me ... (if he doesn't i will still keep him but will be sad) when does this drive to see their human kick in? suggestions? He hasn't bitten me yet (not for lack of threats) so idk what is considered "tame" and where we should be at 1.5 years old the .5 of that being in my care
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    You are doing the right things . I recommend trying to handle him when he first wakes up and is still cold. Put on a Hoody or a sweatshirt in case he wants to bite you. Lie down on the couch put him on your chest and then cover him up with a blanket. He will like the warmth of your body. Don't let him get to close to your face. Just in case.

    When you pick him up put him on your chest right away and pat him on his head or rub his neck. It always worked with every Tegu I held. Usually they close their eyes and relax.

    Our black throat monitor wasn't very tame and the tip I gave you about the couch worked on him well.

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    cool he seems to be doing better the last few days he opens his mouth and chills out after a second ...
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    I'm glad to hear that he is calming down.
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    i take back all the nice things i have said about him... he tried to eat my face off yesterday lol
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    Lol but he didmt so keep trying I kmow its hard Godzilla chases my hands whem hungry

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    Did you had something to eat before you handled him ? He might of smelled the food on you. Every time our Tegus start flicking their tongue around allot I know they are hungry or might want to bite.
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    no i never handle food before i handle him and if i do I wash my hands before touching him. I learned the hard way a few years ago. I keep rats as pets and feeders and had just gone and fed everyone then went to feed my snakes... needless to say I was mistaken for a food item and my hand didn't appreciate it LOL. With weasley I have a routine. I get him out of his enclosure and put him on my chest (which he generally is pretty chill about) then we walk to the tub where i put him in and run his warmish water ... he likes to get under the running faucet. He soaks until I hear him attempting to get out of the tub then I drain the water and put his food in with him. He eats then he gets to free roam my bedroom (i have some hot spots set up for him so he can digest and rest and whatnot) then I put him in his house and he goes to bed or basks for a bit longer... the other day he was just grouchy so when i picked him up he was actively attempting to get anything on me that moved, hands, face whatever... we still went through the routine but he was super grouchy then again his tail is shedding so... he has such a hard time with it I think it annoys him and I don't think it is made better by the fact that it is growing back... which I am AMAZED at how fast it grows back let me say! last week he had like 2 inches back and I swear this week it has at least another 1/2 an inch to it. Crazy.
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    This is a good routine. I'm so happy to hear that his tail is growing back so well/fast. Your are right. It's not fun getting bitten.
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    is it normal for the tail to come back so fast? I don't over feed him I allow him to eat as much as he wants and when he is done eating i take the food away... I have stopped supplementing with the calcium I was using and have begun feeding foods high in calcium(whole prey, eggshell, various greens and veg as well as fruits I found a list for my ig and have implemented some of it to the gu) and changed his setup.... but I am not joking when I say it seems like 1/2 an inch in a week...
    Gnat
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