Lizards are interesting guys and Tegu is no exception. Coming from South American, the Tegu has a few variations in the species, separated mostly by their various colorations. Some types of Tegu are very popular as pets, such as the Black and Red varieties. One species, the Gold Tegu, comes from Panama and are also popular among pets due to their unique coloration.
Tegus are omnivorous, eating plants, fruit, animals and even eggs. They can reach up to 4 feet long and live up to 15 years in optimal conditions. They actually hibernate for about 5 months a years. In the wild they are sometimes considered a pest, eating eggs and disturbing domesticated animals in rural areas. You can see a Tegu any day of the week by visiting us here at the park.