Giant Tegu by KenG ()
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This lizard is found in dry, open regions of Brazil (Amazonas, Rio Grande do Sul, Goias, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Ceará, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Sergipe, Piauí, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Paraíba), Uruguay, Bolivia (Santa Cruz), Paraguay, Argentina (Formosa, Corrientes)
USA (introduced to Florida). Adult males are much larger than the females and can reach 3 ft (92 cm) in length at maturity. It can reach 55 inches (140 cm) in length.
Tegus have unusually high intelligence and can also be house-broken. Like other reptiles, tegus go into brumation (a form of hibernation) in autumn when the temperature drops. They exhibit a high level of activity during their wakeful period of the year.
Salvator merianae has recently been shown to be one of the few partially warm-blooded lizards, having a temperature up to 10 °C (18 °F) higher than the ambient temperature at night time.
Rendered in Iray with no post work. Models include Stonemason's "Through the Woods" and my Nature's Wonders Lizards, Lizards of the World v4 (Giant Tegu) and Ant Lines (Leaf Cutter Ants).