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Deadline approaching to register Black and White Tegus

Sep 1, 2021

Argentine black and white adult tegu

New regulations were enacted on May 28, 2021 that prohibit reproduction of Black and White Tegus and their hybrids and tranport into South Carolina. Regulations require owners to register their Black and White Tegus and hybrids with SCDNR by September 25, 2021. After this date, no unregistered Black and White Tegu may be possessed and nonemay be bought, sold or transferred. To register your Tegu, follow the steps below:

Step one:
Owners will need to microchip their Black and White Tegu at their expense.

Step two:
Using the unique identification number provided with the microchip, you will need to register your Tegu with SCDNR by filling out the Application for Possession of Restricted Non-Native Wildlife.

Step three:
Submit your application and receive a permit from SCDNR.

For more detailed information, including Frequently Asked Questions, regarding the new regulations, visit our Tegu webpage.