Tupinambis teguixin — Common Tegu
Some other names for this species:
Gold Tegu, Golden Tegu, Black Tegu, Black and Yellow Tegu, Blue Tegu, Colombian Tegu, Colombian Black Tegu, Colombian Black and White Tegu
These large lizards are common throughout most of the northern portion of South America, where they have amassed a large number of somewhat contradictory common names. We saw two of them, but they both raced off before I had any hope of getting a photograph.
Another trip to Peru, another glance at a big tegu that did not want to be captured on film or otherwise. Matt Cage had seen this one near the camp kitchen earlier, and told me where to go look for it. I did, and saw it skulking in the bushes for a moment, before it quickly headed deep into the forest.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest