Species group: Uromastyx, Dabb and Spiny-Tailed Lizards
Scientific name: Uromastyx flavifasciata
The Banded Uromastyx is native to North African deserts, including areas of Algeria, Mali and Niger. Some consider this Uro to be a subspecies of Uromastyx dispar, and list it as Uromastyx dispar ssp. flavifasciata.
beginner, amazinglybeautiful Uromastyx
wide temperature gradient
unfiltered sunlight, grassland tortoise chow, occasional root vegetables, low protein diet
Uri the Creeper
My lizard Uri is an interesting bloke and a bit of a creeper. Although he has a proclivity to hide himself, when he is visible he has a tendency to stare at all with great attention as though obsessed. This is quite amusing to see although a bit creepy. I enjoy Uri because of this, because he is active when he is visible, which is by no means all the time, and because the manner in which he eats in quite interesting and a bit amusing. One may wish to consider the fact that this type of lizard is very fast, meaning that it is unwise to take one of them outdoors. Also, be sure to place them in an enclosure with high walls. Uri has been on many adventures without first receiving my blessing!.
From wRiTeItNoW Jun 25 2014 9:48PM
Gorgeous and Hard-To-Find
This amazingly-beautiful Uromastyx varies greatly in color and pattern, but all are remarkable. The banded Uromastyx is relatively new to both zoos and private collections, and is not often available. This should change over time, as its needs seem to parallel those of the related species that are now well-established in captivity. Until then, any experience gained with others should serve you well.
Uromastyx can be quite hardy – individuals of several species I kept during my career as a herpetologist lived into their 20’s, and greater longevities have been reported. But their needs are very specific – and if unmet, they decline very quickly. Ultra-high levels of UVB, as well as UVA, are essential – try your best to provide some exposure to unfiltered sunlight (even a few minutes can be useful) whenever possible. A wide temperature gradient – 80-100 F, with a basking spot of 120 F and a sharp drop in temperature at night, must be established. This is impossible in anything but a very large enclosure. Custom-built cages and cattle troughs are the best options, and will also allow for their near-obsessive digging.
Strict attention must also be paid to the diet. Uromastyx have evolved to consume a fibrous, low protein diet, and cannot live on the rich diet favored by forest-dwelling herbivorous. A wide variety of fibrous greens, wild native plants, grasses, seeds and legumes, supplemented with calcium and vitamins, occasional root vegetables, and grassland tortoise chow must be provided if they are to thrive..
From findiviglio Nov 11 2015 9:55PM