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Pictures of Tegus

Tegu pictures (Tupinambis), which live in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Argentina.

They grow to be 2.5 to 4 feet. They are omnivores and are well known for their love of eggs. Tegus in general range across South America, varying in size, color, and diet.

The Argentine Black And White Tegu and the Red Tegu are the most common and fairly docile species. Tegus naturally go into a hibernation cycle but it has been recently discovered that this is not needed to maintain their health.

Males are larger than females, have distinctive jowls, are extremely territorial, and can weigh up to 20 lbs. These ground dwellers like to dig and in the wild may hibernate for 6 months. The two red tegus on this page were 11 years old when the pictures were taken in 2010. They seem to continually shed their skin.