Handling Your Tegu
Handling a hatchling the correct way is very important. Do not be too aggressive, but handle it secure . When you pick up a hatchling, do not come over the top of it. They will think you are a predator and not like you trying to lift it. Place your right hand below it by the base of the tail. Slide your hand under the back of its body and gently lift up. Make sure the front legs are then secured by sliding your left hand along the underside until you reach under the front legs. I recommend handling it this way at least once a day.
Handling your Tegu this way will work all the way into adulthood. The only difference is they get heavier! If your adult Tegu is not in a very good mood, and you need to lift it, do the following:
a.) Wear gloves, such as Welders gloves *to protect from claws and teeth (not recommended)
b.) It would be wise to wear shoes or boots that are thick leather or steel-toed
c.) Grab the Tegu as close to the base of the tail as you can
d.) Lift up the tail
e.) Slide your other hand under the belly, beginning at the base of the tail, all the way up to under the front legs
f.) Lift the Tegu up, making sure you secure its front and back parts of the body
g.) I recommend tucking its tail under your right arm and secure it to your body
If the Tegu feels secure with the way you lift it, it will want you to!!