tupinambis teguixin

Tegu Lizard

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Scientific Name: Tupinambis teguixin

Description

Glossy black with 9 to 10 groups of whitish-yellow or gold spots arranged in crossbands. Tail is marked with alternating bands of black and white in the young that fade with age. Old males and fattened specimens tend to develop heavy jowls. Long tongue is red.

Fun Facts
  • Are agile climbers and swimmers.
  • Tail is marked with alternating bands of black and white in the young that fade with age.
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata

To 4-1/2 feet, average 3 feet. Pointed head. Long, forked, protrusible tongue. Small, granular dorsal scales. Ventral scales larger, in 22 to 27 longitudinal rows. Long, cylindrical tail which may be broken off and regenerated.

Glossy black with 9 to 10 groups of whitish-yellow or gold spots arranged in crossbands. Tail is marked with alternating bands of black and white in the young that fade with age. Old males and fattened specimens tend to develop heavy jowls. Long tongue is red.

Eastern and central South America. Ground dwellers, mainly in forest clearings. Dig their own burrows. Are agile climbers and swimmers.

4 to 8 eggs, approximately 2 inches long, are laid in termite mounds and cemented in by the termites. Hatchlings are 6 to 8 inches long, and break open the mound upon hatching.

Small vertebrates, large arthropods; occasionally eggs, sweet fruit, plants (especially blossoms).

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