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Uromastyx

Scientific Name: Uromastyx spp.
Lifespan: Over 25 years
Size: Up to 3 feet long w/ tail,
depending on species
Diet:Primarily herbivores
Handling Ease :Excellent

FOOD

  • A baby uromastyx diet should consist of:
    • 90% fresh veggies (refer to 700-40), fed daily
    • 5% mealworms (for protein), fed 2-3x’s weekly
    • 5% lentils or millet (uncooked), fed 2-3x’s weekly
  • An adult uromastyx diet should consist of:
    • 95% fresh veggies (refer to 700-40), fed daily
    • 5% mealworms (for protein), fed 2-3x’s weekly
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 20" long tank with screen cover or medium glass reptile habitat.
  • Reptile sand substrate
  • 100w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 100°- 120°)
  • 10.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Hide cave
  • Shallow water Bowl (although they rarely drink water, it should be made available)
  • Sand scooper
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)

Behavior/Handling

  • Uromastyx make excellent pets. They are solitary animals and should be housed individually.
  • They will often wedge themselves into very small, tight spaces, with only their tail showing. This is their main means of natural defense.
  • To help regulate their temperature, they will often flatten out their bodies.
  • Male uromastyx tend to be more colorful than females, and will grow larger than females as well.