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  1. Romy

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    So, I just e-mailed someone about a black and white tegu. :eek: It's got an eating disorder supposedly, but this is also the time of year they slow down for hibernating too.
     
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    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    ... Pics or it didn't happen? I'm no help! Hubby wants to get something in a tank just so he can name it Qwerty...
     
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    Oh, I used to want one so bad.

    But on the other hand, think of the exotic vet bills if things go wrong.
     
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    ROFL! That's an awesome name.

    There's no pics in the ad, so we'll see. Apparently it's 12 inches long and losing some weight from not eating. If it ends up here, I'll take tons of pics though. :D

    Oh man, after Mr. Lizard passed away I researched the crap out of everything and settled on an Argentine B&W for the next lizard. Don't know if this one's a Colombian or Argentine, but well...

    Ack! I'm really looking forward to hear back from them though. The other awesome thing about them is their climate is pretty similar to ours, so I can build an outdoor pen for the warmer months and just put a heat spotlight thingy in it.
     
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    I do hope you can get him but yes exotic bills suck. I won't even tell you how much I just shelled out for wellness exams for 3 birds...:yikes:
     
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    There not too bad for here, there's a Dr. at the same clinic the bozos go to that's a really good reptile vet. They only charge $35 for office visits, it's pretty comparable to a dog really except no vaccination expenses. I used that doc back when I did reptile rehab and they helped me a lot with getting meds and wormers in bulk.
     
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    One of my coworkers used to have a Tegu, but she wasn't able to care for it (I really do wonder how she even manages to care for her child...) so she gave it to the zoo where I now work. We were talking about them in my reptile class and the keeper was going on and on about how awesome and dog-like they are lol.

    I'm having major gecko wants right now. I thought I could get my A&R fix at the zoo since I work with several species of snakes, lizards, frogs, etc - but it's only making me want one more!
     
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    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    The only tegu I've known was a golden on that uses to be at a pet store a friend worked at. It was a golden tegu who was VERY aggressive-you were putting your hands at risk just trying to clean his cage, change food and water, etc. They didn't feel comfortable selling him like that so they eventually adopted him out to someone very experienced in reptiles.
     
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    Yeah, I'm hoping it's an Argentine. They're a lot more docile and social. The Colombians are really... feisty. Goldens are just one of the Colombian variations, so it's not too surprising.

    You can actually clicker train Argentines and let them off leash. Muahaha! The guy who made this video takes his tegus off leash to local parks and lets them swim in ponds, and they come when he calls.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jva0NDlT_wk
     
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    Are they full grown in that vid? Tegu's are supposed to be on the larger side aren't they?
     
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    Those are just yearling size. Here's a pic of one of his adults. :) I love their chubby cheeks. They're like big ol' bully lizards.

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    HOLY SHAT - that's huge but gorgeous. What kinda enclosure do these guys need? I'm imagining they wouldn't be too happy with a simple aquarium and heater. Sorry for my ignorance - I haven't a clue about reptile care.
     
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    My iguana was similarly sized, but more slender. We just potty trained him and let him have run of the house. He had a special perch in the living room with a spotlight so he could bask and digest his food.

    That's one of the reasons I want a tegu. They're smart enough to potty train like him, but overall more consistently personable. He was the sweetest sweetheart, but most iguanas don't stay that way. Especially the males (and especially if they have a female owner). He used to hang out in the living room and watch TV with us, and do rounds from lap to lap so he could get all his scritches in. lol

    If I get a tegu any time soon I'm going to build a large outdoor enclosure for warm weather though. Natural light is way healthy for them. Something like a chain link kennel with lots of sand to burrow in and cinder blocks sunk into the ground underneath the wire.
     
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    Izzy's Valkyrie Very Food Agressive

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    Lol All I can think of that picture is that the Tegu is going to eat the guinea pig...
     

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