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One Big Lizard - the Argentine Black & White Tegu We saw these while visiting the Pantanal, those incredible wetlands in southern Brazil, and this one just strolled out onto the pool area at our lodge to the amazement of all the guests! Argentine black and white tegu,Brazil,Geotagged,Pantanal,Summer,merianae Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

One Big Lizard - the Argentine Black & White Tegu

We saw these while visiting the Pantanal, those incredible wetlands in southern Brazil, and this one just strolled out onto the pool area at our lodge to the amazement of all the guests!

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  1. Amazing, never heard of them, despite having visited the Pantanal. And it's huge and beautiful! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Yeah, and it scared and shocked the lot of us as we relaxed around the pool when it came strolling out of the bushes. Posted 3 months ago
      1. Considering that, you did an awesome job in producing a sharp shot :) Posted 3 months ago
        1. Thanks, I was as surprised as anyone that the focus was decent because he didn't linger around very long! Posted 3 months ago
          1. Your moment reminds me of this encounter in the Pantanal:
            Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) After a day or two in the Pantanal, we were used to the Caiman being no direct harm to us. So we were floating in our boat, engines shut down, right in the middle of a swamp pool with many Caiman within touching distance. For minutes there was absolute silence as we enjoyed the overwhelming amount of wildlife we spotted. Until this silence was abrupted by an enormous splash. Our hearts skipped a few beats, expecting to be under attack by a Caiman. <br />
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But it was this Capybara, the largest rodent in the world, coming out of the water. It can stay under water for 5 minutes and it does not fear Caiman at all.  Brazil,Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris,Pantanal,Rodents,capybara


            Boat engine shut down, waiting for any sound to die down, floating in the swamp with caiman all around, enjoying the tension and silence...when that beast jumps out of the water unannounced :)
            Posted 3 months ago
            1. And yours reminds me of what was supposed to be a highlight of the Pantanal trip - an all-day canoe trip in search of jaguars. The lodge owner said "95% chance" of seeing one but several times we came to a part of the river filled with canoes and everyone aaahing and ooowing about the jaguars that were just there but had vanished a mere minute before! We never did see a jaguar there but had to wait for our trip to the Yucatan for a surprise sighting of a jaguar along the road at night shortly after we landed at Cancun! So it is with wildlife, eh? Posted 3 months ago
              1. Yeah, we never saw a jaguar either. Our guide was honest to say he only saw one in his entire career, although that may depend on the exact location at the Pantanal. The Jaguar is often used to sell the trip. Posted 3 months ago
  2. An amazing Lizard Barry, a wonderful moment for you. Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, it seemed to come out of nowhere to the pool area of the lodge. I had my nose in my birdbook trying to identify the mornings sightings when my wife called out that something incredible had just appeared. It was pretty cool, I thought at first that it was a caiman! Posted 3 months ago

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The Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae), also called the Argentine giant tegu, is the largest species of tegu lizard. They are an omnivorous species which inhabits the tropical rain forests, savannas, and semi-deserts of east and central South America.

Argentine tegus have unusually high intelligence. It has been observed and recorded that some will regularly and clearly seek out human affection, just as a dog or cat might. Some form a strong attachment to their keeper... more

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Uploaded Mar 20, 2017. Captured Jan 15, 2011 02:08 in Estr. Transpantaneira, Poconé - MT, 78175-000, Brazil.
  • EX-ZR100
  • f/5.9
  • 1/640s
  • ISO100
  • 53mm