Argentine Black and White Tegu, Zoo Miami, Miami, Florida
Salvator merianae is an omnivorous species which inhabits the tropical rain forests, savannas, and semi-deserts of eastern and central South America. They are notable for their unusually high intelligence and can also be house-broken. A tegu can drop a section of its tail as a distraction if attacked. The tail is also used as a weapon to swipe at an aggressor; even a half-hearted swipe can leave a bruise. Tegus are capable of running at high speeds and can run bipedally for short distances. Males can grow up to 4.5 ft long and weigh up to 15.4 lbs. (x)
We had some unexpectedly cold and strong rain that required the tegus to be brought inside. I might have to buy a second bin to keep these things in during the cold winter storms!
Crazy and wonderful how big they are getting.
January 23 & 29, 2021
Lo está en las elecciones, en la selección de los números y de las filas, en las disyuntivas del qué sufrir y del qué sentir. Estar y sentir no son una sola carne en la vida.
Lo existe en la perspectiva de la verdad, en la verdad del sesgo, en lo aceptado en la actuación por lo saboteado en la mentira. Existir y mentir son cosa intrínseca en la vida.
Luminosidad. Oscuros. Contraluces. Proyecciones. Monocromos. Versiones. Antifiltros. Lentes. Manchas. Ruidos. Todo esto en gusto y variedad en la vida se muere: todo esto en disgusto y limitante en la muerte se vive.
I dreamed last night that I was in Hawaii for business of some kind and (the late, great) Truman was with me, except for some reason he was like... a Westie or some other fluffy white dog. But somehow I knew he was Truman.
Anyway, and I don't remember how it happened, but someone gave me their extremely large lizard. Now, in the dream they called it a "black tegu," but it looked more like a Komodo dragon with chubby tegu cheeks.
It was extremely affectionate and wore a cute harness like a dog, but I knew there'd be no way for me to get to back to the mainland. Plus it was constantly trying to eat Truman.
So here I was going to some sort of business conference meetings with a dog and a 30 pound lizard clinging to me like a scaly koala. I asked a waitress at the hotel restaurant to please help me find a good home for the lizard. "He's really sweet and comes when you call his name." (His name was Mister Jacobs.) She said she would take him herself.
But then Mister Jacobs ran away because he didn't want to be given to someone else. I eventually found him at Home Depot and he started CRYING. He even detached his own tail like some smaller lizards do, in the hopes I would just give the tail away and keep the rest of him. Y'all, I was so sad. SO SAD. I woke up almost crying.
Tegu finally laid eggs yesterday and she looks a lot healthier today. I was getting pretty concerned she would wear herself out too much with the egg laying but it all seems to be working out.
Hopefully the incubation goes well!
June 28, 2018