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Monitors and Tegus?

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by VARNYARD, May 4, 2010.

  1. VARNYARD

    VARNYARD Former Admin 5 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Are tegus monitors?

    Here is the Scientific classification of tegus:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Chordata

    Class: Reptilia

    Order: Squamata

    Family: Teiidae

    Genus: Tupinambis


    And this is the Scientific classification of the monitor:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Chordata

    Class: Reptilia

    Order: Squamata

    Suborder: Scleroglossa

    Infraorder: Anguimorpha

    Superfamily: Varanoidea

    Family: Varanidae

    Genus: Varanus


    As you can see, they split at Squamata, what is Squamata?

    As you can see, tegus are not even close to being related to monitors. They are from the family of Teiidae, and monitors are from the family of Varanidae, now both are reptiles. That is just as close as a mouse and a human, both are mammals, however they are not anywhere close in relation. Much like us, and the common house mouse.
  2. lilgonz

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    Good information, thanks for sharing.
  3. Adam87

    Adam87 New Member 5 Year Member

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    every one asks me that too, are monitors related to tegus? and i say no
  4. Hokurai

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    But house mice live quite close to humans, quite often in the same house. I'm not sure about monitors and tegus, but I'm pretty sure they live much farther apart. =P
  5. myotis

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    Great Post! You should add more info to the Tegu part. I think monitors and tegu's share the same suborder. Brittanica encyclopedia and itis.gov say that they share a suborder of autarchoglossa. From what I read, scleroglossa was broken up into Gekkota and autarchoglassa. So is autarchoglossa the infraorder? Clarification would be nice thx
  6. Guest

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    They are both reptiles ..

    They are both lizards ..

    I would say they are closely related ..
  7. Thumper

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    Monitors are from Africa, Australia, and Asia. Tegus are from South America. Another difference to note is Tegus hibernate and monitors do not. I've noticed lizards that hibernat have large fat stores whereas when I see monitors they look much more slim.
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    tegus are a new world species where as monitors are an old world species, tegus tails fall off and can regenerate where as monitors lack that, my personal opinion tegus are a more evolved monitor
  9. james.w

    james.w Active Member 5 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    What makes tegus more evolved?
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    new2tegus New Member

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    I wouldn't say a more evolved monitor, but any animal that can adapt a good defense mechanism like dropping a tail to get a way, is more evolved. Just my opinion not an evolved monitor, just more evolved.
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    new2tegus took the words outta my mouth, and the hibernation ability, you throw a monitor in argentina where tegus hibernate it will more than likely die, you throw a tegu in a lot of places where monitors are it will thrive, i didnt mean to call a tegu an evolved monitor i meant more evolved
  12. got10

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    no they are not
  13. james.w

    james.w Active Member 5 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    What about iguanas? They can drop their tail as well. Being able to hibernate is more of an adaptation than an evolution issue.
  14. reptileman

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    Nice info thanx care ....care sheets any one
  15. Thumper

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    I wouldn't say one is more evolved than the other. Monitors are pretty amazing creatures. I think tegus make better pets though especially the argentinians because they are more cold tolerant. To say one is more evolved than another is somewhat silly. Maybe that's what I like about monitors and tegus, it's like having pet dinosaurs!
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    Adaption is evolution, either way all are amazing creatures (DINOSAURS!)

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