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Red Tegu

Known to be highly intelligent, with the captive ones even creating bonds with the their owners, the Red Tegu is one of the largest species of the Tupinambis lizards.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Lacertilia
    Family Teiidae
    Genus Tupinambis
    Species T. rufescens
    Scientific Name Tupinambis rufescens


    Other Names Argentine red tegu
    Length Up to 4.5 feet
    Coloration Patterns of pinkish brown and beige all over the body
    Distribution Western Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay
    Habitat Tropical rain forests, savannas, and semi-deserts
    Diet Omivorous diet including various fruits, vegetables, insects, rodents, birds, fish etc.
    Clutch Size 10 to 70 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on January 29th 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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