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Argentine Black and White Tegu

Characterized by unusually high level of intelligence, the Argentine Black and White Tegus are native to South America, and are the world’s largest species of tegu lizards.They make good pets, as they tend to become attached to their owners.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamta
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Infraorder Scincomorpha
    Family Teiidae
    Genus Salvator
    Species S. merianae
    Scientific Name Salvatormerianae


    Other Names Argentine giant tegu
    Length 3– 4.5 feet (92 to 140 cm)
    Coloration Black base with white spots and patterns
    Distribution East and central South America
    Habitat Tropical rain forests, savannas, and semi-deserts
    Diet Invertebrates, including insects, spiders, and snails; also eat fruits and seeds
    Breeding Season Mid-March to mid-April
    Clutch Size 36-70 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 28th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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