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Dog-Sized Lizard Becomes Internet’s Four-Legged Sensation, And His Pics Will Make Your Day

Jade Mendez

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People usually keep birds, cats or dogs as pets, but have you ever thought of keeping a giant lizard at home? Well, a couple from San Diego, California has a 20-pound Argentine red tegu lizard as their pet and the lizard’s life has been documented online. Scott, 35, and Ice, 39, said they adopted the reptile from Ty Park’s lizard farm in Punta Gorda, Florida.

MacGyver is a four-year-old Argentine Red Tegu lizard and is amicably the most popular lizard reigning with thousands of social media followers on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Moreover, MacGyver the lizard even has a LinkedIn page as of now. According to Bored Panda, thousands of people showered their love on the lizard by looking at the pictures and videos of MacGyver eating, going for walks, and most importantly, cuddling. The affectionate lizard will change your impression of “cold-hearted”, ferocious reptiles.

Meet MacGyver, an Argentine red tegu lizard from California who may be the most popular lizard on Earth.

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MacGyver just celebrated his 4th birthday with a yummy ‘salmon cake’.

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This affectionate giant lizard is arguably popular on social media.

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The lizard has thousands of followers on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. He even has his own LinkedIn page!

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MacGyver has reportedly been described as ‘a good ambassador of the giant lizard world’ for demonstrating that reptiles can be affectionate and have feelings too.

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People are fond of him, especially the kids!

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MacGyver gives kisses to his owners…

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Loves taking bath…

Enjoys taking a nap…

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… plus he rocks at taking selfies, too!

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Oh, and most importantly, he loves cuddling.

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This giant lizard really loves to cuddle.

Compared to its wild reptilian cousins, MacGyver is known to come when its name is called, just like how a pet dog would.

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He’s just too adorable.

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MacGyver’s owner said:

“He can go anywhere he wants pretty much in the house, but he’ll choose to come over and sleep right in front of the couch where our feet are,”

Weighing a hefty 7.5kg, the affectionate giant lizard typically eats raw salmon and chicken, eggs, and fruits like cherries and grapes.

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