Argentine Black and White Tegu
The Argentine Black and White Tegu lives in tropical rainforests and savannahs of the Eastern and Central South America regions. Argentine Black and White Tegu are the largest of the Tegu species, with the males growing to a length of 4 1/2 feet. Females will be slightly smaller, rarely getting over 3 feet in length. Males will also have a thicker and more muscular build than their female counterparts. The Argentine Black and White Tegu can weigh 10 pounds or more.
The Argentine Black and White Tegu is a ground dweller and is active during the day. This is where and when they will hunt for food. They are omnivores and will eat insects, mollusks, small mammals, birds, amphibians, fruit and seeds. During winter, they will stay in burrows or undercover in a hibernation-like state called a brumation. The Argentine Black and White Tegu can lay up to 35 eggs in a year and in captivity live between 15-20 years.
The Argentine Black and White Tegu is very intelligent, an excellent swimmer, and reacts quickly on land, as well. Although not usually aggressive, they will utilize their sharp teeth and claws when feeling threatened.
The main predators for immature Tegu include birds of prey, pumas, and snakes. Humans will also hunt Tegus for their meat and leather.