Tegu

Though they are terrestrial, Argentine Tegus are excellent swimmers that can stay underwater for long periods of time.


They can be found both in tropical areas and temperate areas that have cold winters. During cold weather, these tegus will hibernate, generally for about six months from September to March.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Teiidae
Diet:
Insects - including crickets, mealworms, waxworms, and roaches - meat, and high calcium fruits.
Life Span:
15 - 20 years
Distribution:
East and central South America.
Did you know?
Tegus are very intelligent and often seek attention from humans in captivity!

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