Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae), also called the Argentine giant tegu,

is the largest species of tegu lizard. They are an omnivorous species which inhabits thetropical rain forests, savannas, and semi-deserts of east and central South America.Argentine tegus have unusually high intelligence. It has been observed and recorded that some will regularly and clearly seek out human affection, just as a dog or cat might. Some form a strong attachment to their keeper. Some have been reported to come on command; they can also behouse-broken.Like many other reptiles, Argentine tegus go into brumation (a form of hibernation) in autumn when the temperature drops. They exhibit a high level of activity during their wakeful period of the year.Tegus fill ecological niches similar to those of monitor lizards, and are an example of convergent evolution. source-wikipedia

Misiones prov, Argentina

James C. Lowen photographer