Black and White Tegu Facts
Genus Name: Tupinambis
Party Name: Oreo
Environment: Tropical Rain Forest
Tegus are the largest species of lizard in the whiptail family. While superficially they look like monitor lizards, they are unrelated to the monitor family, and are an example of how similar habitats can create similar, unrelated animals. Black and white tegus are omnivores, eating a variety of fruits and proteins, usually in the form of eggs, small birds, or rodents. This species has shown a high intelligence level, and has been known to seek out their owners or handlers for food or affection. With proper handling and attention, this species can become cat or dog tame, but the large size and impressive teeth can make it a nightmare for the wrong owner. Males will grow impressive jowls as they reach maturity, and these are used in courtship and to compete with other males.