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Tegu Care Sheet

Description: The Tegu lizard makes it home in mountanous and forested areas within South America.
Scientific Name: Tupinambis spp
Lifespan: 10 years at most
Average Size: 3 to 4 feet
Origin: South America


Butterworms, crickets, grasshoppers, mealworms and waxworms should make up the majority of a Tegu's diet. Providing a variety of the aformentioned insects is vital to the overall health of a Tegu. As a Tegu gets older it is also possible to feed it small rodents.

Not only will Tegus drink water from a dish but they will also bathe in it. For this reason the water dish must be relatively large and cleaned daily.



Lighting: Full-spectrum flouroscent lightin is required for all Tegus. Without the full-spectrum light rays your Tegu will not develop properly.
Size: Since Tegus can grow to be up to 4 feet in length they will need a large enclosure in comparison to other lizards.
Substrate: A combination of peat moss and bark generally makes for the best substrate when it comes to Tegus.
Temperature: A relatively large temperature gradient of 75 degrees F on the cool end up to 100 degrees F on the warm end is needed.
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