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How to Care for Your Jeweled Lacerta

How to Care for Your Jeweled Lacerta

Jeweled lacertas (Timon lepidus) are 16-24”, diurnal, semi-arboreal lizards native to southwestern Europe, particularly the Iberian peninsula. They prefer open, dry habitat, and can be found in a variety of areas, including woodland, scrub, rockland, and orchards. Jeweled lacertas are...

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How to Care for Your Colombian Tegu

How to Care for Your Colombian Tegu

Colombian tegus (Tupinambis spp.) are medium-large, diurnal lizards native to the northern half of South America. They typically prefer jungle habitats, and although they are considered terrestrial, they are also cable climbers and swimmers. Colombian tegus typically have bronze and...

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How to Care for Your Cuban Knight Anole

How to Care for Your Cuban Knight Anole

Cuban knight anoles (Anolis equestris) are medium-sized diurnal lizards native to Cuba. They are typically bright green in color, with yellow markings. They can be identified by their large, triangular head, large eyes, thick neck with a pink dewlap, and...

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How to Care for Your Argus Monitor

How to Care for Your Argus Monitor

Argus monitors (Varanus panoptes) are 3.5-5’ long, diurnal, terrestrial lizards native to Indonesia, New Guinea, and certain parts of Australia. They generally prefer riparian (close to water) habitats, and are strong swimmers. Argus monitors usually have a brown to reddish...

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How to Care for Your Giant Day Gecko

How to Care for Your Giant Day Gecko

Giant day geckos (Phelsuma grandis, formerly Phelsuma madagascariensis) are the largest geckos of the genus Phelsuma, a group of diurnal, arboreal lizards commonly called “day geckos”. They are native to the tropical rainforests of Madagascar, but have established invasive populations...

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How to Care for Mourning Geckos

How to Care for Mourning Geckos

Mourning geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris) are 3-4” long, nocturnal, arboreal geckos native to the Indo-Pacific coast, including but not limited to Hawaii, Indonesia, and Australia. They are very adaptable, but their preferred habitat is temperate rainforest. Mourning geckos are tiny, fine-featured...

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How to Care for Your Leaf-Tailed Gecko

How to Care for Your Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Leaf-tailed geckos (Uroplatus sp.) are a group of 18+ recognized species native to the tropical forests of Madagascar. They are active primarily at night, and spend most of their time in the trees or shrubs. Leaf-tailed geckos range in size...

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How to Care for Your Golden Gecko

How to Care for Your Golden Gecko

Golden geckos (Gekko badenii) are moderately sized (6”-8”), nocturnal, arboreal lizards native to Vietnam, where they prefer a tropical rainforest habitat. Golden geckos get their common name from their greenish-gold body color. They have soft, delicate skin, robust bodies, round...

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How to Care for Your Cuban Rock Iguana

How to Care for Your Cuban Rock Iguana

Cuban rock iguanas (Cyclura nubila) are 3-4’ long, diurnal, terrestrial lizards native to Cuba and surrounding islands. They have also been introduced to Puerto Rico, where they thrive as an invasive species. They generally prefer coastal areas with sandy, rocky...

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How to Care for Your Leachie Gecko

How to Care for Your Leachie Gecko

Leachie geckos (Rhacodactylus leachianus) are 10”-14” long, nocturnal, arboreal geckos native to New Caledonia. Their preferred habitat is temperate rainforest, spending most of their time foraging in the trees. Leachie geckos have large heads, chunky bodies, wrinkled, velvety skin, and...

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How to Care for Your Rhino Iguana

How to Care for Your Rhino Iguana

Rhino iguanas (Cyclura cornuta) are 4.5’ long, diurnal, terrestrial reptiles native to the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. They prefer rocky, fairly dry environments such as tropical dry forest, lowland scrub, and coastal forest. Rhino iguanas are generally dull...

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How to Care for Your Spiny-Tailed Iguana

How to Care for Your Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Spiny-tailed iguanas (Ctenosaura sp.) are a group of semi-arboreal lizards native to Mexico and Central America. They prefer hot, dry habitats such as tropical dry forest and deserts, but they can also be found on beaches and rockland. As a...

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