Red tegu

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Red tegu
Tupinambis rufescens01.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Salvator
Species:
S. rufescens
Binomial name
Salvator rufescens
(Günther, 1871)
Synonyms[1]
  • Teius rufescens Günther, 1871
  • Tupinambis rufescens Boulenger, 1885

The red tegu (Salvator rufescens) is found in western Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Appearance[edit]

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As hatchlings, most red tegus display little, if any, red coloration. They are typically brownish-green with black strips across their width and several broken white stripes down their length. They develop red coloration as they mature; males are usually brighter than females.[2][3] Adult females can reach 91 cm (just under 3 ft) in length. Males are significantly larger, reaching up to 140 cm (4.5 ft) and developing large jowls.

Growth[edit]

The red tegu grows rapidly, typically reaching maturity in two to three years. It is not uncommon for well-fed juveniles to experience growth spurts of more than an inch per week.

Diet[edit]

The red tegu is a very opportunistic feeder. Wild specimens will eat a variety of plant and animal matter: fruits, vegetables, insects, rodents, birds, and fish. Red tegus raised in captivity will often be more picky eaters, especially as juveniles, and may prefer a diet of mostly meat.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salvator rufescens at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 2018-10-25.
  2. ^ Bartlett, R., & Bartlett, P. (1996). Monitors, Tegus, and Related Lizards. Barron’s Educational Series.
  3. ^ Pianka, E. R. (2006). Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity. University of California Press.