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Are Tegus Legal in Florida?

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As of 2022, it is illegal to keep Tegu lizards a pet in Florida. Tegu have become an invasive species and there are strict restrictions on the transportation, owning, selling and breeding of these animals in the state.

Tegus in Canada

Are Tegus Legal in Canada?

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Good news for reptile enthusiasts in Canada: Tegu lizards are generally allowed pets. Unlike Monitor lizards which are banned in much of the country, Tegus are completely legal to own. This is because even though tegus are grow quite large as adults, they do not exceed the maximum size of 2 metres and unlike monitors, they are not venomous. All most common species of Tegus in the pet trade meet… Read More »Are Tegus Legal in Canada?

Argentine black and white tegu

The Argentine Tegu: An Uninvited Guest in Florida

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Argentine black and white tegus, native to South America, have become an invasive species in Florida due to the pet trade. Efforts are underway to control their rapidly growing population and protect native wildlife.

Walking a pet tegu outside in Florida

Legality of Keeping a Tegu in Florida in 2024

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Florida has banned Tegu lizards due to their invasive nature and threat to local ecosystems. The pet trade industry and Tegu owners face significant changes due to these new regulations.

Largest Lizards in the World

15 Largest Lizards in the World

Lizards are a diverse group of reptiles that can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They range in size from tiny geckos that can fit on your fingertip to massive monitors that can weigh over 100 kg.

Baby Black and White Tegu Handling

Tegu Handling Tips, Taming Techniques and What to Avoid

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Tegu lizards are intelligent and social animals that can make great pets. However, they are not naturally inclined to trust humans, and it is important to tame and handle them correctly to build trust and ensure a positive experience

Tegu Enclosure / Terrarium

How to Choose the Best Enclosure for Your Pet Tegu

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Tegu lizards are large reptiles that need a spacious enclosure. Choose an enclosure that is at least 8x4x4 feet and has a secure lid, adequate ventilation, and a temperature and humidity gradient.

a lizard on brown sand

Choosing the Best Substrate for Your Tegu

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Tegus are large, ground-dwelling lizards that love to dig and burrow. When choosing a substrate for your tegu’s enclosure, it is important to consider their needs and preferences. Tegus love to dig and burrow, so you should provide a varied substrate that will allow them to do so. A good substrate option is a mixture of newspaper or butcher paper as a base, with large sections of topsoil, cypress mulch… Read More »Choosing the Best Substrate for Your Tegu