Collared Lizard or Crevice Lizard: Stats & Facts

posted: 05/15/12
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Collared Lizard or Crevice Lizard: Stats & Facts
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Crotaphytus or Sceloporus, respectively

The color of Collared or Crevice Lizards can vary from tan and brown to brilliant greens and blues. Their needs vary by place of origin. Some will need sand, others will require orchid bark or mulch. Desert types need lots of rocks and caves; arid forest dwellers prefer some rocks, branches, and foliage. Their average life span is 5-8 years.

They eat mainly insects, crickets, mealworms, grubs, waxworms, and earthworms. They will also eat certain fruits and vegetables. You will need to experiment with these to determine which ones they like. To provide water, use shallow bowl with pebbles in it. This will prevent live foods from drowning in the bowl and the lizards can access the water easily.

Quick Stats: Collared Lizard

Family: Iguanidae

Origin: Central USA through Central America

Size: 6 - 12 inches as adults

Diet: Crickets, mealworms, grubs, waxworms, and earthworms

Water: Provide in a shallow bowl containing small stones

Terrarium: A 20 gallon aquarium with plenty of hiding places

Substrate: Sand, orchid bark, or mulch

Decoration: Rocks and caves for the desert species; branches and foliage for the forest dwellers

Lighting: Full spectrum fluorescent on the aquarium; incandescent bulb for heating

Temperatures: In the 70s by night, with a hot resting spot; low 90s by day, with shade

Compatibility: Can be paired, with ample space

Sexing: Males are bigger and more colorful, usually with a brightly colored underside

Cautions: Collared lizards can inflict serious wounds to an inexperienced handler

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