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Colombian Tegu / Gold Tegu

Gold Tegu: Information, Enclosure Requirements, Diet & Health Tips

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The Colombian tegu (tupinambis teguixin), also Gold tegu or Golden tegu, is a species of tegu lizard common in the pet trade, although it is not as easy to domisticate as the more popular Agentine tegu and Red tegu. This species is considered somewhat aggressive and not beginner-friendly, although it can still be tamed with a lot of patience and expertise. Compared to the other two aforementioned species, the gold… Read More »Gold Tegu: Information, Enclosure Requirements, Diet & Health Tips

Juvenile Argentine black and white tegu

Baby tegu care: Information, Enclosure & Diet Requirements

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Thinking of adopting a baby tegu? These lizards grow rather quickly and dramatically, with an adult male Argentine tegu reaching the size of a small dog (around 5 feet). In the first two years of their life, however, juvenile tegus are tiny and vulnerable, and they require additional care in order to stay healthy and thrive. If you have just adopted a tegu hatchling you are going to need to… Read More »Baby tegu care: Information, Enclosure & Diet Requirements

Colombian tegu vs Red tegu vs Argentine tegu

Friendly tegu species for beginners

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Tegu lizards are notoriously docile and somewhat beginner-friendly reptiles to keep as pets (at least compared to other big lizards like monitors). There are however a few different species and morphs which may require more time and attention. As a rule of thumb, the salvator merianae (a.k.a. Argentine tegu) is the best choice for first timers and also the most common overall. The Colombian tegu (or Gold tegu) on the… Read More »Friendly tegu species for beginners

Tegu Care Sheet

Tegu Lizard Care – Information, Enclosure, Diet & Health

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Tegu lizards are terrestrial reptiles native to South America. They are somewhat similar in appearance to monitor lizards, of which they are distant relatives, the two animal families being an example of convergent evolution. Tegus are one of the larger species of lizard that can be kept in captivity and have become quite popular as pets in the US, UK and other parts of the world. These animals are appreciated… Read More »Tegu Lizard Care – Information, Enclosure, Diet & Health