When you hear the name MacGyver, do you think of a man who can get out of any situation with a gum wrapper and a paper clip?! Me too – but the MacGyver in this story isn’t a man, he is an Argentine Red Tegu that lives in California with his owners Scott and Ice.

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Scott and Ice have not shared their last name because MacGyver is so popular they wanted to protect their privacy!

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Right now, MacGyver is an internet sensation, keep reading to find out why!

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MacGyver recently turned four years old – Scott and Ice threw him a small birthday party, and instead of cake, MacGyver was fed salmon!

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Weighing in at about 20 pounds, MacGyver is bigger than some dogs!

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But, make no mistake, he is no canine (don’t expect to see videos of him chasing a ball or barking for treats)!

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In an interview, Scott says that MacGyver has the run of the house, but his favorite places to be are either at Scott and Ice’s feet when they are sitting on the couch or out in the backyard sunbathing!

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