Tegus Whiptail Lizards and Relatives: Teiidae
Crocodile Tegu (crocodilurus Lacertinus): Species Accounts
Physical characteristics: The tail of a crocodile tegu is very long and stretches twice as long as the rest of its body. It also has pointy scales that stand up in a row like those on a crocodile's tail. Adults are mostly greenish brown or brown with a whitish or yellow underside. Their legs have some orange spots. Adults grow to about 19.7 inches (50 centimeters) in length from head to tail.
Geographic range: They are found in South America in the area surrounding the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.
Habitat: Crocodile tegus wander in the woods and swim in streams.
Diet: They eat almost any insect or spider they can find on land or in the water.
Behavior and reproduction: With its crocodilelike tail, the crocodile tegu is an excellent swimmer. Females lay eggs. Scientists know little about its other behaviors or its reproduction.
Crocodile tegus and people: Humans and crocodile tegus rarely see or bother one another in the wild.
Conservation status: This species is not considered endangered or threatened. ∎
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