Tegu Lizard Control

Tegu Lizard Control, Trapping & Removal Services

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While native to South America, invasive tegu lizards are rapidly spreading throughout parts of Florida. Biologists are taking their presence very seriously, as these reptiles have the potential to overtake other parts of the country where humid tropical and subtropical climates can support their needs. It is believed the invasion began when tegus kept as pets escaped into the wild. Paired with a propensity for eating the eggs of competing reptiles, their rapid reproduction makes them a significant threat to localized ecosystems.

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APPEARANCE

These generously sized reptiles can grow to be four to five feet long and weigh roughly 30 pounds. Their long, thin bodies come in a variety of colors and can be gold, tan, gray, red, or white, often in a striped or speckled pattern. Tegu lizard tails have dark bands and their toes are tipped in sharp claws. The pests’ heads and necks are large and thick, with powerful jaws and pointed teeth.

DIET

Their best known dietary habit is eating the eggs of birds and other lizards. Biologists fear this behavior could destroy generations of alligators, turtles, and rare birds like the roseate spoonbill. However, tegu lizards also eat a wide variety of other materials such as fruits, seeds, insects, snails, and small animals. This is problematic as well, as it makes them highly adaptable and likely to thrive.

HABITAT

The preferred regions for tegu lizards are dry, upland areas with sandy soil. This gives them many options in natural, urbanized, and agricultural areas. For shelter, they dig burrows or invade those already made by native gopher tortoises and other animals. They will remain underground from late fall through winter. Rare for reptiles, a tegu lizard is able to withstand temperatures as low as 35 degrees. This hardiness is concerning because it opens up a wider scope of potential territories than most reptile species can handle.

TREATMENT SOLUTIONS

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

ENTRY INTO HOMES OR BUSINESSES

Tegu lizards are adaptable to urban locations and aren’t shy about exploring new environments. If a yard provides the loose, dry soil these lizards prefer and is near water and food, tegus will certainly give it a try.

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

PROBLEMS & DAMAGE

The main threat posed by tegu lizards relates to the damage they do to the environment and ecosystem. Scientists believe they have the potential to eliminate future offspring for certain birds and reptiles. Meanwhile, female tegus lay as many as 30 eggs per year, half of which typically survive and quickly flood an area. While the pests are not known to be aggressive toward people, if they feel threatened, they are more than capable of defending themselves with sharp teeth, strong jaws, and incisive claws.

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

PREVENTION & EXCLUSION

Tegu lizards only enter the wild by escaping or being released. From there, they breed and rapidly reproduce. To prevent the development of wild populations, people who keep the lizards as pets must be responsible owners. Barring that, prevention is difficult. These are large reptiles, as long as four feet, able to eat a wide variety of plant and animal matter. They are highly adaptable to different environments and, with few predators, have the freedom to roam. Putting up fences may keep them out of yards or gardens, though their burrowing and climbing abilities make exclusion a challenge.

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

TRAPPING & REMOVAL

Due to their size, it is not advisable for private citizens to attempt to trap tegu lizards. The situation can too quickly become dangerous. Most regions that have documented high concentrations of tegus institute formal trapping programs. However, these programs can’t be everywhere and often must rely on educated guesses about where to hunt. Property owners who discover tegu lizards on or near their land can contact the wildlife experts at Trutech for prompt, professional assistance.