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Argentine Tegu   (Tupinambis merianae)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This is an omnivorous, terrestrial lizard that is native to the tropical rainforests, savannas and semi-deserts of east and central South America. They are a large, sturdy lizard, reaching lengths of 3-4.5 feet, known for their intelligence and ability to bond with human handlers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_black_and_white_tegu

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=17+1796&aid=3599

http://www.petsource.org/reptile-by-species/5361-black-and-white-tegu.html

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Teiidae
Genus - Salvator
Species - S. merianae

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The report of my breath was an exaggeration

For years, the Komodo dragon was accused of having a mouth so filthy that even if you escaped its terrible bite, you were doomed to eventually die from the ensuing bacterial infection. However, recent studies on Komodo dragons demonstrated that this was unfair, as they have mouths cleaner than many mammalian carnivores. It turns out the reality is worse than the myth: they have poison glands! Komodo dragons produce a venom that sends prey into shock while keeping its blood from clotting. A deer or pig who “escapes” will run off and go into shock, often bleeding out from its wounds within 3 hours, leaving an easy treat for the dragon.

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