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Any of several large swift teiid lizards of the genus Tupinambis of Central and South America, usually having black and yellow, white, or red markings.

[Portuguese tejú, from Tupí teyú.]
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(Animals) a large lizard of the genus Tupinambis, native to South America
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Frugivory and seed dispersal by the tegu lizard Tupinambis merianae Reptilia.
At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio + 20", at the 7th World Water Forum, held in the city of Tegu in the Republic of Korea, and at the meetings of the heads of states of the Aral and Caspian countries, we proposed to the world community our initiatives for the benefit of humanity on effective and rational water use, and, in general, on water diplomacy.
Astangu putke-puidu kalibreeritud AMS-dateering 510-371 eKr viitab, et tegu on uhega hilisematest seda tuupi kirvestest, mida viimati kasutati pronksi- ja rauaaja vahetuse paiku.
Further afield, in Cambridge, Rambo the three-year-old orange corn snake is looking for a new home, and in Brighton a black and white tegu is in need of a new owner.
My samples are Ivory Tegu Lizard (L) and Black Spinal Stingray.
For specimens from Minas Gerais state, parasites were collected during examination of gut content from three tegu lizards (Salvator merianae, Dumeril and Bibron, 1839), and during formalin injection in one lizard (Enyalius bilineatus, Dumeril and Bibron, 1837), one amphisbaenian (Amphisbaena alba, Linnaeus, 1758), and one snake (Xenopholis undulates, Jensen, 1900).
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) has recorded more than 500 invasive or non-native species in the state, including tegu lizards from South America that eat rodents, Cuban tree frogs that prey on smaller species of amphibians and green iguanas that feast on native plants.
These included stone or stones, earth or soil (awu), water (ae), fire (api), wind (wa, angi wa), the sun (mata leza), the moon (wula), stars (dala including dala co, 'flying stars', that is, shooting stars), thunder (tegu), and lightning (sile bhela).
In captivity they have been known to eat everything from rodents to insects, veggies, fruit, canned tegu diet, pelleted tegu diet and even dry dog food.
That big lizard was an Argentine tegu named Chummy.