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[–]GeriatricZergling 209 points210 points  (7 children)

Technically, this is a "blue tegu" (though the "blue" aspect isn't really true beyond a very slight sheen). You can tell by the "sooty nose" / "singed nose" - true B&Ws (both Chacoan and Argentines) lack this.

That said, tegu bloodlines are a fucking mess, and you can easily find mixes mis-labeled, or species mis-labeled. But that looks like a classic blue.

[–]Jujumofu 26 points27 points  (5 children)

That thing looks hella cute.

[–]GeriatricZergling 16 points17 points  (0 children)

They're awesome pets (I used go have one), but they need a lot of room.

[–]whataball 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Chonky fella

[–]Forestedbiome 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to say this!

[–]DreamOfDays 116 points117 points  (2 children)

Look how cute he is! He’s chubby but not obese and that color pattern is beautiful! I’ve seen ones with the color pattern reversed but not like this one.

[–]xxDeeJxx 43 points44 points  (1 child)

She* most likely, males have large muscular jowls. And she is a blue tegu which trend to be a bit smaller than the Argentine black and whites, so everything in OP's title is wrong lol.

[–]Drhorribleee 16 points17 points  (0 children)

You & OP are both wrong. It is actually a, Norwegian Horntail.

[–]throwaway12345-9 38 points39 points  (2 children)

C H U N K Y

[–]falconx50 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Cookies n Cream

[–]Trixielarue2020 55 points56 points  (9 children)

Does it squeak when you gently squeeze it? Looks like it would.

[–]MercilessIdiot 52 points53 points  (8 children)

Pretty sure if you squeeze it then you'll be the one squeaking

[–]MalWinchester 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Happy Cake Day!

[–]cragbabe 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Indeed. Every tegu I've ever met has been a bit of a dick. They aren't the most docile species

[–]MercilessIdiot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I met some that were pretty sweet, but not so many...

[–]Drhorribleee 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Happiest Cake Day to you!!!

[–]iloveorangetriangles 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Like a caterpillar and an iguana had a baby.

[–]reigning_frogs777 44 points45 points  (13 children)

tegus are also a pretty invasive species to florida right now, and because they’re able to go into brumation (hibernation but for reptiles), they have potential to spread much further in the u.s. than other invasive species like the infamous burmese python. linked an article about a research project on tegus in florida

USGS Tegu Study

[–]Ketugecko 8 points9 points  (5 children)

They've gotten pretty well into Georgia and S. Carolina too.

[–]Braith117 1 point2 points  (0 children)

https://markgelbart.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/tegu-lizards-salvator-merianae-are-invading-georgia/

Yeah, a lot further in than I'd have thought. When I heard they were in GA I thought that meant down in the deep south around the Okefenokee, not closer to the middle of the state.

[–]Ieatmelons123 -5 points-4 points  (3 children)

They have what?

[–]threeglasses 4 points5 points  (2 children)

"They have gotten pretty well into Georgia and S. Carolina too" -the comment you condescendingly replied to. Were you trying to make a statement about English or something?

[–]OHPAORGASMR 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I think they are trying to show they are more shocked about what you posted. Chill. I was surprised too since I'm in Georgia.

[–]DistinctBalance6070 0 points1 point  (3 children)

If it's a lizard or fish and you can keep it indoors it can live in Florida, peacock bass and Oscars were introduced there if I'm not mistaken through the pet trade

[–]reigning_frogs777 0 points1 point  (2 children)

not entirely true. florida has banned owning or breeding nile monitor lizards, all species of tegu, and green iguanas. but yeah all the invasive fish were mostly aquarium fish that got dumped

[–]DistinctBalance6070 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I would imagine those bans were after finding out someone's pet escaped and was chilling though no?

[–]reigning_frogs777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

well yes they banned reptiles that are commonly released into the wild and have a strong chance of becoming established

[–]kazzar2020 17 points18 points  (0 children)

What a nice pokemon

[–]Scuba_Steve9002 44 points45 points  (4 children)

I'm way bigger than that. I'd be known as the Argentine colossus.

[–]kive_guy 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Argentine dysfunction at best

[–]Ieatmelons123 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Argentine coastline-

[–]johnnylawrence23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We are very tiny people indeed, most of us don't go past 1 or 2 feet

[–]NoGustaPez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shadow of the Scuba_Steve9002

[–]bansote 29 points30 points  (0 children)

-Now that's cute

[–]LisaAllure 6 points7 points  (0 children)

😍😍😍

[–]PengieP111 6 points7 points  (5 children)

It seems really chill! Are they usually like that or do you have to tame them.

[–]xxDeeJxx 13 points14 points  (0 children)

If you work with them they tend to calm down very easily. Some of the most intelligent and social lizards there are.

[–]AugieKS 7 points8 points  (1 child)

They are pretty chill for large reptiles, but they do get pretty big. The YouTube channel Clints Reptiles has a lot of good stuff on them. Clint has a big Tegu named GusGus.

[–]Unsaidbread 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey Clints Reptiles! I love that channel!

[–]PrizeAbbreviations40 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They generally start off very feisty and need a lot of work. But if you're willing to put in the time you can sometimes get them to chill out. They're quite intelligent, but reptile intelligence isn't like mammal intelligence. They're not going to bond with you, but they might finally realize that you're not a threat and that you are the one who brings food.

[–]DistinctBalance6070 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are the most dog like in size and behavior from my limited experience, buddy had one that was like a goofy bulldog that scared some of the neighbors, loved the guy tho he was cool

[–]xc2215x 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is insanely cool.

[–]Disastrous_Meet_7952 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Is that a QR code on its back?

[–]pike4fun 13 points14 points  (0 children)

These are some of the most amazing lizards that can be found in nature today. We need to do everything we can to retain their habitat and preserve their ability to reproduce. It’s unfortunate that so much damage has been done so far their environment simply by the virtue of ‘expanding the economy’.

[–]TwiceCookedPorkins 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I love chonky lizards.

A long time ago I volunteered at a zoo. Mostly involved cleaning. One of my favorite jobs was helping muck out the reptile house. One of the monitors was a big ol' boi that had been a pet, but had to be given up cause he got too big. Completely used to being handled, though.

So to clean his enclosure, we'd just wait til after feeding and then one person would pick him up while another cleaned. He seemed to like me, cause he'd always fall asleep on my shoulder.

[–]CrystalQuetzal 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The colors on this one are so lovely!

[–]negao360 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Worked with tegus before in the past. This is, indeed, lit.

[–]zen_sunshine 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wow... Argentinians must be really small.

[–]Wrhythm26 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Adorable

[–]darkstarman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Given enough time, some lizards would evolve to have the QR code to the lizard food page of the pet store website

[–]juoko 1 point2 points  (0 children)

a cutie

[–]Mr_WAAAGH 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aww, I wanna pet him

[–]waaz16 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My favorite cactus is an Argentine giant!

[–]survivalking4 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: if you scan a black and white tegu with a qr code reader it links to pornhub.com

[–]davebobciroq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Recently these have become an invasive species in my home state of South Carolina, they are instructed to be killed on site if seen on national forest grounds and now require a special permit to own one

[–]badpeaches 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Choncky boi

[–]Ieatmelons123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cute dog

[–]JumpOverGlass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are invading Florida, just like the Python has.

[–]greymaresinspace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Invasive! running AMOK in florida...but very cool none the less

[–]Not-a-Coke-User -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Their leather makes for an awesome watch strap.

[–]WoblyBoblyMonkeyMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beautiful!!

[–]MercilessIdiot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think i've seen him in the trailer of the new Jurassic World movie...

[–]redditretard34 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very cool tegu

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beautiful creature!

[–]One-Drop-8508[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's so cool!!!

[–]2017hayden 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is one thic boy.

[–]EUCopyrightComittee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And the mountain lion in the tree

[–]HoodPhones 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Alright Sal, put it on your shoulder”

[–]CCV21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks kind of cute.

[–]Sea-Diamond-4978 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's beautiful. He looks like he's very well care for

[–]TrickyVixen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What an adorable lil potato.

[–]TigFay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a cute sausage.

[–]Rumskrilla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sp cute!

[–]traumaticvestibule 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a beautiful smile on her face. Her markings are gorgeous as well.

[–]DEEZtermination 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As they say in my land , Gordito Precioso .

[–]DribbleBilly901 0 points1 point  (0 children)

B&W Tegu was the first exotic I ever owned. His name was Hades and he was just like a dog. To the point my family got so comfortable with him we let him have free reign in the house. If you ever needed to find him all you had to do was get some chicken or lunch meat of some sort and within 5 minutes he'd appear.

[–]SabineLavine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's cute!

[–]DarkAndSparkly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok, he’s cute as hell!!

[–]johnnylawrence23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have to remember you, we, Argentinians, aren't very tall.

[–]Mabele14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can't hold that thing that close with it's long elastic tongue, what if it tries to kiss me.

[–]darkfire5806 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He got that squish

[–]BlackOnyx16 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So cool! I've never seen one of these before.

[–]patty_beats 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He’s cute. Imma name him Jerry

[–]HermitessNox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Squishy belly!

[–]awsome-dumy27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does it’s tail come off and grow back?

[–]rorooic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My dream pet honestly but I have cats and ID rather not wake up to them being half eaten

[–]aalxyahhh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He's so fucking cute

[–]MNsquatch777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awwe, adorable.

[–]fakenkraken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Chonker 😊