Uromastyx Lizard

Uromastyx is a genus of lizard found in parts of Africa and the Middle East. There are several species regularly offered in pet stores, and care requirements for common species are very similar. Uromastyx lizards come from very hot places and need high temperatures to do well as pets. In the wild these lizards live in burrows and will do best if offered underground retreats. This lizard is best suited for intermediate to experienced keepers and is not recommended for beginners.

• Common Name: Uromastyx Lizard

• Scientific Name: Uromastyx spp.

• Distribution: Throughout Northern Africa & the Middle East

• Size: Species dependent: 8-24″

• Life Span: Species dependent:15-35+ yrs

• Juvenile Uromastyx need a minimum 20 gallon terrarium. Juveniles can be housed together in a 30 gallon terrarium.

• Adult Uromastyx need a minimum 40+ gallon terrarium.

• Provide plenty of hiding and basking places.

• Rocks, thick branches or Mopani Wood make excellent choices for decorating your lizard’s habitat.

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• Daytime Terrarium Temperature: 85-90° F.

• Basking Spot: 98-115 °F. • Nighttime Temperature: 75+°F.

• A nighttime drop in temperature is natural and can be accomplished by turning off all overhead heating devices, and leaving a ReptiTherm® UTH on 24 hours per day.

• Zoo Med’s Basking Spot Lamp, PowerSun®, Repti Halogen™ and Ceramic Heat Emitters, are good choices for heating Uromastyx enclosures.

• Provide a large rock directly under the basking area to help retain heat.

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• UVB Lighting is essential for Uromastyx to process calcium in captivity.

• Without UVB lighting and a proper diet, Uromastyx will develop serious health problems such as Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).

• UVB Lighting should be left on for 10-12 hours per day and turned off at night.

• Zoo Med’s ReptiSun® Linear and Compact Fluorescent Lamps are a great choice for providing Uromastyx with UVB. The PowerSun® is an excellent way to provide both UVB and Heat all in one lamp!

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• Uromastyx live in arid, sandy places in the wild and will do well on a variety of sand-type substrates in captivity. They prefer a mixture of sand and soil that will allow them to burrow.

• Hatchling Uromastyx will do best on Cage Carpet such as Zoo Med’s Eco Carpet or Vita-Sand®.

• Excavator® Burrowing Clay Substrate will allow you to create a naturalistic terrarium complete with burrows and tunnels for your animals. Uromastyx live in burrows and will require underground retreats to provide security.

• A mixture of Eco Earth® & ReptiSand® or ReptiFresh® are excellent choices of substrates for Uromastyx species.

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• Uromastyx are omnivorous reptiles that require a well balanced diet of both insects and plants. Although they will eat many different types of food, plant matter should make up the bulk of their diet.

• Juveniles will need to be fed pinhead to small size crickets daily along with other small insects such as mealworms. Zoo Med offers a variety of Can O’ insects and canned diets that will make offering a varied diet convenient.

• Collard or Dandelion Greens, Hibiscus flowers, Romaine lettuce and other veggies can be offered 1-2 times a week.

• Uromastyx will take vegetables and Zoo Med’s pelleted or canned Bearded Dragon Diet as a staple. Insects should be offered 2-3 times per week.

• Always remove uneaten insects after each feeding.

• ReptiCalcium® and ReptiVite™ with Vitamin D can be added to both live and plant foods as directed.

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