Caught On Video Reptilian Invasive Species In Florida: The Tegu
Tegus are an invasive species which reproduces quickly and eats a wide variety of food items, including small animals and eggs of many wildlife species. Tegus are now known to have breeding populations in Miami-Dade and Hillsborough counties.
It is believed the populations were founded by escaped or released pets. The black and white tegu is native to South America, specifically to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. Tegus are black and white in color with banding along the tail.
They can reach up to four feet in length. The lizards spend most of their time on land, though they can swim and may submerge themselves for long periods of time. Tegus can often be seen on roadsides or other disturbed areas. Like many reptiles, they are primarily active during the day and will burrow or hide overnight.
*Reporting your sighting will help wildlife managers better understand where the animals are found. Sightings can be reported over the phone to our exotic species reporting hotline at 1-888-Ive-Got1 (1-888-483-4681) or online at IveGot1.org. A phone app for reporting exotics is also available; search for the free IveGot1 app
Here are some fact about Tegus:
Tegus are native to South America.
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