Georgia and Florida officials are trying to stop the Argentine black and white tegu lizard from spreading.
- The lizards can grow up to 4 feet long.
- They are originally from South America and causing major wildlife issues in the southern states.
- Tegu lizards are known to eat anything that they want, especially the eggs of other reptiles.
- They can lay up to 40 eggs. Newly hatched lizards will be between six and 10 inches long.
- They don’t attack people unless provoked.
- They have long jaws and sharp teeth.
Tegu lizards have established themselves as invasive species in Florida, too. “There’s at least three populations in Florida… the north side of the Everglades…one inland in St. Pete from Tampa … and now one in the Panhandle,” Mcbrayer said.
Map shows areas in Florida that have been impacted by Tegu lizards.
Read the details at source: Southern Wildlife In Jeopardy As Giant Tegu Lizards Invade Georgia And Florida