Spoiled tegus fed whole ground up quail. They absolutely love quail meat over any other meat in my observed opinion. Their appetite seems satisfied for a longer period of time.
This new rack cage system I built was created with my need to have an easier way to clean cages. During this time I need cages for keeping juvenile tegus indoors until next spring where they will be moved to their outdoor enclosure. The large stock tanks work great outdoors as I can just dump and hose down. Dragging the heavy stock tanks in and out gets very tiring and is very time consuming. My other rack system has worked well and cleaning is easy working with just the plastic mortar tubs. I built the sides with pvc which keeps the temps consistent and hopefully easy to clean as well. Sliding glass doors on metal tracks similar to vision cages.
After feeding some meat mix, I took some close up pictures of the tegus - most still had their mouths' full.
After some heavy rain I went out to collect some blue tegu eggs. I have several clutches still incubating and am excited (though a little surprised) to keep collecting eggs from my females. As I've mentioned before, this season is a little "off" in terms of timing.
A few people have asked for pics of blues and the breeders. Here are some current pics of most of our breeders for this years blue babies. Please feel free to look at the other photos on the site for previous pics of our blue line. If you have any other questions or to purchase a baby blue please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These hybrids are the result of several breedings: beginning with the Blue Cross which was bred to a Red female. One of those males we raised and now this year we crossed the Hybrid male to an Albino Blue female to get these amazing little albino hybrid tegus(Click Here to see parents). The contrasting colors really pop on these guys and are all plump eating very well enjoying the Florida weather. These babies are $2800 shipped. Please contact us with any questions.
Tegu babies have begun to hatch and so for we have hatched: Blues, Blue Crosses, Blue Albinos, Hybrids(blue/BW/red), Hybrid Albinos. Some are ready to ship and others I will hold for another week. Please see my available page for pricing.
This year the weather was very dry during the early spring. I think this directly affected the egg laying season as I've noticed some females laid earlier (often infertile) and now others are laying after a short break (more commonly fertile). Also, I'm noticing that I still have lizards that are just starting to breed, which is interesting this late in the season. I'm very excited to see what comes out of this year's pairings especially some eggs I collected yesterday from a very nice blue pair.
Used this cool little spy remote car to get a close look at a female albino in her hide. I thought this would be a nice way to check on nesting females to see if they have laid.
First eggs at Hector's habitat! The result of a cross of hybrid male (blue/bw x red) to albino blue female. The poor female looks completely drained after laying these beautiful eggs. She should start eating again soon to put that weight back on. I hope these eggs work out as I'm very excited to see the offspring.
I have a great Canon camera though I am not such a great operator. I was attempting to capture actual colors present in natural lighting varying from sunny to cloudy. Most of the time I snap the photo and am immediately disappointed at the lack of representation of the animal on the camera whether that is on my Canon or iPhone. I think these came close to what I saw in person for these tegus. I'll have to keep working on my photography skills.
During this breeding season, I planned to try to breed some hybrids we produced in the past to some blues to see if this brings out any highlights. The diversity I have seen with the hybrids has been very interesting. For example the female hybrid mating the blue male is from the same clutch as the hybrid male mating the albino blue female. I kept them back because of how unique they were. Hopefully these pairings prove out and it would be very exciting to see how the babies develop. In my opinion this is the best part of breeding: picking some animals with very nice characteristics and seeing if those genes carry on to the offspring.
Wednesday was only in the 50s in the morning but many of the tegus were out absorbing the sun's heat. With the night getting below 40 I topped of all the hides with hay which will hopefully be useful bedding for future breeding.
Most tegus still have their thick shed from brumation. Some are slowly beginning to eat but most are just picking and not eating with their normal vigor. As the temperature gets warmer and daylight increases this should quickly change and hopefully breeding will commence.
While riding a local bike trail my buddy almost had a terrible run in with this guy. Looks like it was just enjoying the sunny day too.