Argentine Tegu

Also known as Argentine Giant Tegu and Black & White Tegu


Argentine Tegu "Black and White"

The Argentine Tegu (Tupinambis merianae) is native to savannas, semi-deserts and tropical rain forests east of central South America. They can live 15 - 20 years and grow to 3 - 4.5 feet. Their conservation statis is Least Concern (LC).

The Basics for Argentine Tegus

  • Housing
  • 6 x 4 ft for Adults
  • Substrate
  • Mulch or Bark
  • Lighting
  • Full spectrum UV light
  • Temperature
  • 80 - 90 ° F
  • Humidity
  • 60% - 80%

Pet Care

As pets, black and white Argentine Tegus are brilliant. Overall they’re quite docile in their older age and they often become attached to their owners, provided their owners spend time handling, feeding and caring for them. They can live over 20 years in the wild and even longer in captivity. Below are some types of information you’ll need to care for your tegu.

Feeding Your Tegu

Argentine tegus are primarily meat eaters but are notorious for feeding on fruits and vegetables if needed. Their diets typically consists of: Crickets, worms, grasshoppers, ground turkey, fish, eggs (boiled), fruits and vegetables. Remember that each of these items listed should be served in bite size proportions to your black and white tegu. While it may be possible for a tegu to rip apart a whole fish, it would be much easier if you cut fish meat into small pieces before feeding! Remember; Do not overfeed them!

Note: Many tegu owners suggest mixing up your pet’s diet. Feed them a variety of the foods listed above and mix it up often.


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