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Mdority51

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This is my rescue, Kaida. Was told she’s a red/black&white mix. She was in very bad shape when i got her back in October and hated people very much. Fast forward and she’s my shadow ,fat and happy. I’m not overly worried about what she really is , but curious.
 

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TheTeguNovice

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Yeah looks like a mix, I own two and just due to underbelly being orange. There’s a lot of marketing names out there for them but yeah!, congrats!, looks like she’s in a good home!
 

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1st pic is the night I brought her home. Other pic was earlier this week. She rebounded very well. If she see’s me walking around the house , she wants out and on my shoulder to hang out.
 

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Debita

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The signature orange belly is Salvator merianae from what I understand. I was told no others have it. That said, I don't know if it is immediately bred out either.
 
The signature orange belly is Salvator merianae from what I understand. I was told no others have it. That said, I don't know if it is immediately bred out either.
Little Buddy has an orange belly, it's not uncommon in Florida wild collected tegus. Some call them "Florida Fire Belly"

The Florida tegus are an unknown mix of whatever tegus are runnng free in southern Florida.
 

Roadkill

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The red belly is another one of those "tegu tales" that has gotten out of hand. Forget everything you've heard about it coming from Florida, or a specific lineage, or even an indicator of Salvator rufescens in a tegu's ancestry; it's a very common trait seen in Salvator merianae populations all over South America.
 
LOL a tall tummy tale :) Little Buddy's tummy is blushing. I've seen "Florida Fire Bellies" advertised Sorta like fat free celery. I didn't know he had it when I purchased him. I just choose the smallest since they were all healthy.
 
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