It’s been ages since I last my Herptile Spotlight, last March Papoe did this special section of our blog because he wanted to share about his species…which reminds me I haven’t done my own species here 😉 …maybe one day.
Today I want to share about Argentine Black and White Tegu. I have been meaning to introduce this beautiful BIG lizard since the first time mommy saw it…but both Mommy and I didn’t know what it’s called. We did a little google search to finally come up with this post 🙂
Mommy had two photo2 of ABWT (Argentine Black and White Tegu), I share both of them here and the rest are from internet…I give full credit to the original owner…I merely sharing them here, I do not own them.
Based on Wikipedia, ABWT can be found in tropical rain forests of east and central South America. Some people believe that ABWT sometimes seek from human attention like other pet…I guess that’s why they sell them as pet. See the picture above!!
He is being sold as pet in Last year’s Reptile Show, he is really expensive. Mommy can only took a picture of him (Well, not that Mommy wants to make him our brother…he is too big for out little house) .
Did I mention BIG?
Yes!! He is really big for a lizard!! Adult males can reach 4 – 4.5 feet (around 122 – 137 cm) while the females can reach 2 – 3 feet (around 61 – 91 cm ) from nose to tail.
In the wild, they can live till 15 to 20 years and longer in captivity. They make great active loving pets, as they have a tendency to become attached to their owners like no other lizard and are docile and gentle.
We found this photo in Reptile Forum UK. He looks adorable on his Mom’s lap, but she was going to sell him for £250
Hope he had found a good home 🙂
Talking about them as pet, we found this amazing blog called Cute Home Pet, the site also shared about Tegu 🙂
Here’s a quote from the site
If you fancy the job of a crocodile hunter but want to eliminate the danger to almost none, the tegu lizard is perfect for you. These exotic pet lizards “almost” resemble crocodiles but can be as docile and loyal as a dog, if properly socialized. Since tegus are exotic animals, taking care of them as pets need proper skills and serious commitment—and a comprehensive exotic pet insurance. Here are some things you have to know about taking care of exotic pet tegu lizard:
Go see the full article at Exotic Pet Tegu Lizard
Out of all the site’s photos, this is my favorite 😉
The site shares about Pet Tegu Species and Description, Tegu Lizards as Exotic Pet, Housing Pet Tegu, Feeding Exotic Pet Tegu, Taming Juvenile Tegus, and Determining the Sex of a Tegu.
However…the site is not as complete as Care-Sheet.com (If you only want to know about ABWT you can easily read it at Cute Home Pet but if you want to adopt one, do visit Care-Sheet.com)
Quote from the site
A hatchling can comfortably be reared in a terrarium that is around 75x30cm in size (20 gallon long aquarium) until around 6 months old. From then on increase the size of the enclosure as your tegu outgrows it. An adult tegu should be kept in an enclosure no smaller than 1m², such as a 180x60x60cm enclosure; although more, if not double is recommended.
It is important to remember that this species is terrestrial, and so height is not necessarily important.
It is important to provide a basking spot, as well as an ambient temperature throughout the enclosure. An ambient temperature of 28-30°C (82-86°F) is advised with a basking spot of 38-46°C (100-115°F) to aid with digestion. The basking temperature should be moderated for your tegu by reducing it if it’s too hot or increasing it if food remains undigested.
Based on Zipcodezoo.com, their taxonomy is like this:
Specific name: merianae
Scientific name: – Tupinambis merianae
That’s all I can share about Argetine White and Black Tegu or Tupinambis merianae 🙂
See on my next Herptile Spotlight, I will close this post with a photo by my Mommy (she had shared it at he abandoned deviantart account, that’s why it still has her signature.)