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Species page for: Tegu (sp. Tupinambis)


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A brief snippet about Tegu

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Natural Habitat
Red Tegu (Tupinambis rufescens)

Red tegu lizards are native to Argentina. Measuring up to 4 feet in length they are the largest of all the tegus. Adults weigh an average of 20 pounds. Their skin is light reddish brown with dark cross bands.

Captive Care
Argentinian Black and White Tegus -

Argentinian black and white tegus are sometime simply called black and white tegus, although this can lead to confusion as there is also a Columbian black and white tegu (the Columbian is similar but smaller and less docile).

Do tegu lizards seek human attention? -

I have raised tegus for years. I do not treat my tegus like reptiles are typically treated. I treat them like I would any other pet. I always have tegus running around, crawling onto my lap or my shoulders. I have tegus with me when I go on rides into town.

Keeping and Breeding the Argentine Black and White Tegus

Animal Allsorts
By Bert Langerwerf of AGAMA
The differences discussed below apply to Argentine Black & White tegus and all Columbian tegus. Thus with "Columbian tegu" I mean any tegu coming from Columbia, and with "Argentine tegu" I mean the Argentine Black & White tegu.

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Agama International

AGAMA INTERNATIONAL Herpetocultural Institute, Inc. is a large scale reptile breeder concentrating on lizards. All lizards we sell are captive born right here at Agama International, Inc. We specialise in herps that can be kept outside year round. Of course, all herps we breed can also be kept inside year round.

Columbian Tegu Care Sheet and Information -

The common tegu has black and white stripes or spots with smooth scales and are similar in build to monitor species. Care should be taken to not confuse the Columbian black and white tegu with the Argentine black and white tegu (T. merianae). The Argentine tegu is larger and (reaching up to 4 feet in length) and often have a more distinctive striped pattern.

Ron St Pierre

Captive bred , Blue Tegu, Albino Tegu, Snow Tegu, Blue tegu crosses RedxBlueTegu, Cyclura, Rhino Iguanas, Care Info, Tegu FAQ, and Photo Gallery.

Varnyard Herps,

Varnyard Herps, great reptiles from people you can trust!! Home of the dog tame tegus!! Here at Varnyard herps customers are #1.
We sell only the best captive bred and raised animals!!

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The Tegu Forum


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