Exotic Pets - Red Tegu - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Here we have a red tegu. Red tegus are teiidae. They come from South America, Argentina and Brazil. And these get up to about four feet long. As you can see, they are kind of feisty . They are very tame and stay fairly calm as they grow. This is just a little baby right now. They are omnivorous. They actively eat just about anything that is edible. In the wild they will eat small insects, small mammals, fish, baby birds, lots of vegetables, lots of fruit that find on the forest floor and out the savannahs. In captivity they eat almost the same thing. We feed them pre-killed mice, crickets, cockroaches. They like canned dog food. We have a specialty monitored tegu diet that they eat. They will also eat moss. They will eat fish. And, then, they eat a lot of greens. And they like fruit, such as honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapes. They do very well. They will get very large so you need a big cage to keep these in, giving them a lots of room. A heat lamp, with a full spectrum of light. And a large water bowl, big enough for them to sit in. And then, of course, a plate for their food. And they do very, very well. They have very good eyesight, a very good sense of smell, very good hearing, they have got very sharp claws which you need to keep trimmed and of course, they have got this wonderful big tail. These are some of the nicest lizards you can get if you want a really large pet.