We are in the process of building a custom enclosure for Pearl (Columbian tegu) so she has a bit more room. Pearl was about 1 foot long when she came to Animal Wonders from a private owner who thought she was just too aggressive. Pearl is now a little over 3 feet and, yes, she is aggressive. But that is just typical behavior for Columbian tegus and we knew that when we took her in (remember to do your research before you get a new animal). Pearl is mostly aggressive when she's hungry. For the rest of the time we can interact with her as long as we are cautious and careful. She actually really enjoys being scratched on her back and head especially when she's shedding. She will arch her back and lean into our fingers so we can get a better position to scratch the shedding skin. During our presentations she does a wonderful example of "gaping" when Augusto gets close to her face. Many lizards gape when they want to warn off an animal that's in their territory. It is to show how big and scary they are and they are not afraid to bite! Tegus have bacteria in their saliva that causes a terrible infection, so we always wear gloves when interacting with Pearl, just in case. We are excited about Pearl's new enclosure, and if she knew it was coming soon, I'm sure she would be excited too.
**If you ever have extra enclosures that you no longer need. Please let us know, we always have a great use for them.