Wildlife officials warn of invasive lizard
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The disruption of the ecosystem and the devastation caused by the Burmese Python in the Florida Everglades is widely known and well-documented.
Georgia wildlife advocates are hopeful that Georgia won’t endure its own version of a catastrophic invasion by the Argentine tegu, which has been found in Toombs and Tatnall Counties.
No one is sure how the non-native tegus got loose in Georgia, but they will eat most anything, including the eggs of other species. Females can lay 35 eggs a year.
Adults captured in Georgia have been three feet or longer. In comparison, none of Georgia’s native lizards are less than a foot long. Six tegus have been collected in Tattnall and Toombs counties this year.
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