Gold tegu

Gold tegu
Gold tegu
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Teiidae
Genus: Tupinambis
Species: T. teguixin
Binomial name
Tupinambis teguixin
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Teius teguexim Bates, 1864
Tupinambis nigropunctatus[citation needed]

The gold tegu, also known as common tegu, black tegu and Colombian tegu[1], is a species of tegu. Its old scientific name (synonym) was Tupinambis nigropunctatus but it has since renamed to Tupinambis teguixin.

Gold tegus grow to be approximately 2 to 3 feet on average with a glossy body, powerful limbs and a thick tail. They have many black and gold stripes down their body. Gold tegus live in the tropical forests of northern and central South America. They feed on insects, invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and birds, as well as fish and sometimes fruit. They typically do not make as good a pet as its larger southern cousins; Argentine Black and White tegu or the Red tegu but if handled frequently, can make a good pet.


  • Gold tegus
  • Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. (2003). Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide.

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