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How to Care for Your Sudan Plated Lizard

  Description Sudan Plated Lizards (frequently known as Gerrhosaurus validus but have also been assigned a genus of their own within the family Gerrhosauridae and is consequently known as Broadleysaurus major) are moderately large (18-24"), diurnal, terrestrial reptiles native to...

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How to Care for Your Chuckwalla

Description Chuckwallas (Sauromalus obesus) are medium-sized (14’20”), diurnal, very heavy-bodied reptiles native to the Mojave desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Chuckwallas are generally dull gray, black, and cream-colored though juveniles and some adults may have some...

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How to Care for Your Jeweled Lacerta

Description Jeweled Lacertas (Timon lepidus) are medium to large-sized (12-24” or larger), diurnal, semi-arboreal reptiles native to western Europe. They are notable for their distinctive coloring —bright green with blue iridescent circular markings that give them their “Jeweled” appearance. They...

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How to Care for Your Caiman Lizard

Description Caiman Lizards (Dracaena guianensis) are very large (4 -5 feet), diurnal, semi-arboreal brightly colored reptiles native to South America. Males are generally larger than females. Caiman Lizards’ heads are usually red or orange. Their bodies range from bright green...

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How to Care for Your Uromastyx

Description The genus Uromastyx, of which there are about 18 recognized species are medium sized (10-18” with one species reading 30”), diurnal, terrestrial reptiles native to North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia. There are also other subspecies and variety...

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How to Care for Your Tegu

Description Tegus (genus Salvator since 2012, previously genus Tupinambis) are very large (2.5 - 5 feet), diurnal, terrestrial reptiles native to South America.  There are a variety of species of Tegu available in the pet trade whose common names reflect their predominant coloration: red Tegu, blue...

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How to Care for Your Sailfin Dragon

and voracious Description Sailfin Dragons (various species of the Hydrosaurus genus) are large (3-4’), diurnal, semi-aquatic, arboreal reptiles native to Indonesia, New Guinea and Philippines. Sailfin Dragons are primarily brown with blue, purple or gold highlights and are known to be of interest to...

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How to Care for Your Red Eyed Crocodile Skink

Description Red eyed crocodile skinks (Tribolonotus gracils) are mid sized, terrestrial reptiles native to Indonesia and New Guinea.  While they are definitely active at dawn and dusk, there is disagreement in the literature as to whether they are truly diurnal or...

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How to Care for Your Leopard Lizard

Description Leopard Lizards (genus Gambelia; the most commonly kept as a pet is G. wislizenii, commonly called the long-nosed leopard lizard) are medium sized (10-16”), diurnal, terrestrial reptiles native to the arid western United States and Mexico. They are very...

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How to Care for Your Green Basilisk

Description Green Basilisks (Basiliscus plumifrons) are large, diurnal, arboreal reptiles native to Central and South America. They are generally 2-3' long, most of which is tail and are a bit larger than brown and striped basilisks are also often kept.  Not surprisingly,...

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How to Care for Your Emerald Swift

Description Emerald Swifts (Sceloporus malachiticus) are small to medium-sized (6-8”), diurnal, arboreal lizards native to Central America and southern Mexico.  Their habitat is the temperate mountain forest and woodland, featuring high humidity and moderate (65-85F) temperatures.  Male Emerald Swifts are bright emerald...

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How to Care for Your Collared Lizard

Description Collared Lizards (genus Crotaphytus; Crotaphytus collaris refers to the most commonly kept Eastern Collared Lizard) are medium-sized (10-16”), diurnal, terrestrial reptiles native to the arid southwest United States and parts of Mexico.  They are very active reptiles but also spend their time basking in bushes and...

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