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100th invasive tegu lizard removed from the wild

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 14:22:23-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Fish and Wildlife is celebrating a milestone in the removal of an invasive reptile.

Biologists have removed the 100th tegu lizard from the wild in Florida this year.

This particular tegu was found in Charlotte County. It’s a large lizard with a black and white coloration.

The lizards are invasive and compete with our native wildlife for food, and they can grow to around 4.5 feet long.

If you see a tegu, FWC wants you to take a picture of it and send it to them along with the location. Just call 888-IVE-GOT-1, or report it online at

More info here on the Argentine black and white tegu.