Buy Florida Tegus - Save lives
My Tegus are captured from a thriving and growing wild population located
adjacent to the Everglades at the southernmost tip of Florida.
They are the decendants of a large group that were released from a major breeding
operation in the 1990's - 2005. Our natural environment here is ideal for Tegus,
Pythons, Monitors, Caiman and other non-native reptiles.
Living in the wild, they take advantage of the abundant food supply
and execllent habitat. Unfortunately, our native species are the abundant
I am a licensed trapper for the state of Florida, specializing in the removal
of non-natives. For me personally, I derive a great deal of satisfaction
knowing the Tegus I capture will not be euthanized as part of an
eradication program already in place for Burmese Pythons.
Tegus are currently considered non-native invasives and can be killed
on sight. The next step in the regulatory process is already on the horizon.
To members of the Herp. community, this is unimaginable.
However, this is the status of Burmese pythons now.
I am in a position where I see both sides of the coin. I am a descendant from a
family of pioneers. We have grown up, living, fishing and hunting in what is now
the Everglades National Park and the surrounding areas since 1897.
Native Florida wildlife have always been a special part of our lives. The balance
that evolved over millions of years is no longer in balance. The invasives,
especially those that feed on eggs in the nest, can destroy an entire generation
in a single feeding. The Everglades is a truly unique ecosystem. Many of the
wading bird species, crocodiles, reptiles and mammals have been endangered,
with declining populations prior to the arrival a new wave of foreign predators.
Relocating Tegus is a win-win action for the Tegus and our natives.
Wild Caught and Captive Bred
Genetically, they are the same animals.The Argentine
Black and Whites are known as the Gentile Giants of the
species. It is the genetic makeup that makes them so
special. Captive bred Tegus live in a box from the hatchling
stage until they are sold. Their interaction with humans is usually when food is placed in the enclosure and
when the cage is cleaned. My Tegus are much more familar
with changing environments and a wide variety of foods.
There is no difference between wild caught and captive bred with respect to Tameness. Tupinambis merianae are by nature gentle creatures. Genetic predisposition is a trait that can not be bred into or out of tegus.
It is very important to understand the process in which your
Tegu becomes easy to handle and a great friend. You will be the
the first human to spend quality time with your Tegu on a
one to one basis. Your Tegu's future behavior starts here.
No one, captive breeder, wholesaler, pet store or myself,
can predict what your Tegu will be like in years to come.
That is up to you.
I specialize in Argentine Black and White Tegus. They are the
only lizards I offer for sale.