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Teiú: a very common reptile in Brazil

What is it - biological definition

Teiú is a reptile belonging to the Teiidae family (scaly reptiles, with elongated body and developed limbs). Teiú is a popular name for several species of reptiles in the genus. Jerusalem artichokes. The web is a very common animal in Brazil.

Key data and characteristics:

- Region where they are found: South America.

- Habitat: In Brazil, mainly in the Atlantic Forest, the Cerrado and the Pantanal.

- Habit: daytime

- Food: are omnivores and feed on vegetables, eggs, meat of dead animals, fruits, rodents, arthropods and other small vertebrates.

- Length: between 1 meter and 2 meters.

- They have a round and long tail. They often use their tails to attack other animals (defense system).

- Most common colors: black with white or yellow spots or streaks. There are also species of reddish (dark) color and others with dark green color. The puppies are greenish in color.

- Head shape: pointed and long.

- Tongue: Long, forked (have two ends) and pink.

- Mouth: Presence of pointed teeth and strong jaw.

Examples of teiús species:

- Teiú-palustre

- White-throated

- Common Teiu

- Colombian Teiu

- Teiú-açu

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Family: Teiidae

Genre: Tupinambis

Biological curiosity:

Popularly, teiús are also known in Brazil by the following names: teju, jacuaru, lagartiu and tegu.