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Joan, Vet Technician
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Experience:  Vet Tech for 35+yrs. Small Animals and Fish
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My red tegu is having shedding problems or could this be

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My red tegu is having shedding problems or could this be something else?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Joan replied 2 months ago.


My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years and have wrked with Reptiles for over 40 years.

I the whole Tegu spoted thlie in the pictires or is in just one area?

Can you tell me about the enclosure?

UVB ight, linear tube or compact coil strength, age and brand?

When was last shed?



Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi Joan--His diet consists of live small rats, mice and the occasional fruits including apples, cherries and bananas. I house him in a rabbit cage enclosure with 2 heat lamps and one uvb light which is coil type. I'm replacing it with this brand He's 20 years old and his last full shed was over 6-7 months ago. The one area by his head look's like it's either a parasite or a scab. The other areas without scales is not everywhere on the tegu but on his back where he recently just shed. Hes still partially shedding on the bottom of his tummy and his legs. I put him in the bath everyday and noticed the issue about 2 months ago.
Expert:  Joan replied 2 months ago.

Thank you I looked over the pictures. It does look like some retained shed in the area. You can try a warm soak and a soft toothbrush and see if you can loosen the shed on the scales.This occurs when the humidity is off. You may want to up the humidity a bit in the enclosure. Make sure you are adding calcium to the diet, so it can be metabolized by the UVB light. Generally when we see a shedding problem, it usually is because an a Vitamin A issue. You can always add a little codliver oil to some ground food to aid with that issue.

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Expert:  Joan replied 2 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?