Tupinambis is a lizard genus of seven described species commonly referred to as Tegus. Growing from just under 2 feet to a larger 4+ feet Tegus generally have a pleasant nature, making them popular pets. Tegus are also recognized for their intelligence, and have an impressive ability to remember details.
Most tegus are opportunistic feeders, accepting a wide variety of foods and in captivity crickets, mealworms, an occasional mouse, fish, hard boiled eggs, chicken are fed. Fruits and vegetables may be offered as well to the appropriate species. Tegus need UVA and UVB lighting and they also need a basking spot with a temperature of 100F-110F.