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Blue Spiny Lizard

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Scientific name: Sceloporus cyanogenys

The basics:
Blue Spiny Lizards are found in West Texas, the south Texas plains, northwest Nevada and south Utah, Baja California, southern California, and New Mexico, as well as Sinaloa and Coahuila, Mexico. The inhabit arid and semiarid regions in deserts, grasslands, woodlands, scrub, lower mountain slopes, and areas close to water such as bridges and abandoned farm buildings. They are found climbing rocks and trees and scavenging on the ground.

Appearance / health:
Blue Spiny Lizards are from 3 to 14 inches in length, with stocky bodies and long tails. True to their name, they have sharp, keeled spiky scales on their backs and tails. They have a white-bordered black triangular mark that looks like a collar over the neck and shoulders. Body color is brown to yellow with random light spots and cross bands on the back and tail. Males have a bright blue sheen on their back, a blue-green patch on the throat and the sides of the belly. Females have a gray throat and dull colors.

Behavior / temperament:
Blue Spiny Lizards are diurnal, preferring to scavenge under the heat of the sun. When threatened or sleeping, they hide among rocks and under logs, or burrow themselves in crevices underground. They can drop their tails when stressed.

Housing:
Blue Spiny Lizards prefer a dry dessert type terrarium with a substrate of sand (or gravel) and loam. Tank décor should include driftwood, roots, logs, and stones or rocks carefully piled to allow climbing and hiding. Live succulents add to the natural landscape of the cage. Day temp: 86-95F; night temp: 68F; basking temp: 113F; humidity: 50-60%; night humidity: 80%; bright lighting: 14 hours. UV radiation required

Blue Spiny Lizards are best kept as pairs or groups with only one male because they are highly territorial. They inhabit dry arid regions in the wild, which is why they require high temperatures. They prefer to feed only when it is relatively hot (90F) and enjoy digesting and basking in temperatures exceeding 100F. Bright light and UV radiation is essential for the lizards to maintain their striking colors.

Diet:
Among the Iguanids that are omnivorous, the Blue Spiny Lizard prefers to feed on flying insects and other lizards. They also eat many different insects like cockroaches, crickets, grasshoppers, moths and larvae. At times they will eat flowers, leaves, and small fruits. Mineral supplements are recommended.

Breeding:
These Spiny Lizards are ovoviviparus (the body retains the eggs until they are ready to hatch).

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