The Uromastyx Lizard

Scienfic Name:- Uromastyx aegyptia

They are also known as the Spiney Tail Lizard.   There are approximately 13 species in the genus Uromastyx.   These lizards are adapted to arid regions and are found from Northwestern India throughout Southwestern Asia and the Sahara.

They come in a variety of colours depending on species and range from shades of brown through to yellow,   orange or green.   The males can sometimes be distinguished by large femoral pores as in other types of lizard.   Uromastyx are territorial and will often fight so are best housed individually.

Habitat :- They require a dry environment and a hot basking spot of 47oC (120oF),   which can be provided by an incandescent or ceramic lamp,  with a cooler end at about 30oC (90oF).   A full spectrum UV light should be provided giving a daylength of least 12hrs.   They require rocks upon which to bask and a hide.   Hot rocks are not recommended as they can cause injuries and severe burns to the lizard.   Although these animals are adapted for arid climates water should be provided,   however if a water bowl is situated in the enclosure it must not increase the relative humidity in the environment.

Diet :- They are omnivorous and it can be difficult to fulfil their dietary needs in captivity.   A mixed diet consisting of greens (romaine lettuce,   cabbage,   kale) with bird seed mixed in and insects (crickets,   mealworms etc).   A good Calcium supplement is also recommended (Nutrobal,   Vet Ark).   Insects should always be gut loaded with a high calcium supplement prior to feeding to the lizard.

Life expectancy :- 30 years.

Most species are under 36cm (14inches) in length.   These animals do not breed readily in captivity and require a ''winter'' cooling period to stimulate breeding activity.

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