MacGyver the Lizard

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MacGyver the Lizard (hatched July 4, 2012),[1] is an Argentine Red Tegu and Internet celebrity known for his intelligence, friendly personality,[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] and large jowls.[7] He became an Internet sensation in 2012 when a montage video of him appeared on YouTube and received hundreds of thousands of views in the time span of a few weeks.[1] MacGyver has been described as "a good ambassador of the giant lizard world" for demonstrating that reptiles can be affectionate and have feelings too.[2]


Since the age of three months, MacGyver has starred in numerous videos in which he appears to come when his owners call his name.[9][10] He is also regularly seen eating his favorite foods: salmon, eggs, cherries, and grapes.[9][2]


MacGyver's videos have received tens of millions of combined video views across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. As a result, he has amassed a social media following in the hundreds of thousands since first appearing on YouTube in 2012,[2][6] and inspired a fan art hashtag on Instagram that contains pencil sketches, watercolor paintings, photoshops, and various other fan-created works depicting the large red lizard.[6] In July 2016, a fan meetup with MacGyver was held at the San Diego Reptile Supershow.[9]

International media coverage

MacGyver has received international coverage from a variety of publications such as Vice Media,[3] BuzzFeed,[6] Rare,[7] The Daily Telegraph,[5] Daily Mail,[4] and as far away as Taiwan’s China Times[11] and Indonesia's Okezone.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Petcha
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cotroneo, Christian (April 19, 2016). "Giant Lizard's Favorite Thing To Do Is Cuddle With His Mom". Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bess, Gabby (Jun 10, 2016). "What It's Like to Live with a Famous Giant Lizard". Vice Media. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Boyle, Darren (21 April 2016). "MacGyver the smart red tegu lizard has 33,000 YouTube followers". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Horton, Helena (1 Jun 2016). "This woman and her giant pet lizard are best friends - and an internet sensation". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Krishna, Rachael (1 Jun 2016). "This Giant Famous Argentinian Lizard Is Relatable AF". BuzzFeed (London). Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Grose, Lauren (Jun 10, 2016). "You've never seen a pet like this before — it's a lizard, but it acts like a dog". Rare. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  8. Brennan, Sophie (Jun 1, 2016). "THIS WOMAN IS BFF'S WITH HER GIGANTIC PET LIZARD". Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
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  11. 蕭, 義正 (April 21, 2016). "龐大又兇猛的巨蜥 竟被她養的像乖寶寶一樣!". Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  12. Dharma, Silviana (June 2, 2016). "Wanita Karier Bersahabat dengan Kadal Raksasa". Retrieved August 6, 2016. 

External links

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  • Official website

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