A tegu is a member of a number of lizard species that belong to the family Teiidae. Tegus are native to Central and South America. They occupy a variety of habitats and are known for their large size and predatory habits.
Some species are of economic importance as food and pets.
Not all lizards known as tegus belong to the same genus. The word "tegu" may refer to any of the following genera:
- Callopistes "dwarf tegus" (2 species)
- Crocodilurus "crocodile tegus" (1 species)
- Dicrodon "desert tegus" (3 species)
- Dracaena "caiman lizards" also known as "caiman tegus" (2 species)
- Teius "Four-toed Tegu" (3 species)
- Tupinambis/Salvator "giant tegus" (7 species, paraphyletic group)