Species group: Bearded Dragons and Frilled Dragons
Other common names: Central Netted Ground-dragon
Scientific name: Ctenophorus nuchalis
The Central Netted Dragon is a terrestrial lizard which is native to the plains and open scrublands of central Australia. The Central Netted Dragon gets its name from the net-like pattern over its body. The Ctenophorus reptile family are also known as "comb-bearing dragons".
Central Netted Dragons have become popular captive lizards in Australia, though their export is illegal. They are popular as pets because of their flexible diet, hardiness and ease of care, docile temperament, and friendly, curious, and social behavior.
Appearance / health:
Central Netted Dragons are reddish brown or yellowish-brown in color. Adults reach 25cm-28cm in length from nose to tail.
A large (at least 75-gallon) enclosure is recommended for the Central Netted Dragon to allow them to roam. Known as sun-baskers, these dragons require ample basking spots like logs and large rocks in the cage. Some crevices and hiding places would also be good. Ideal substrate would be paper, sand, or alfalfa pellets. Day temp: 83-86F; night temp: 65-68F; basking temp: 104-112F; humidity: 50-70%; lighting: 12-14 hours, full-spectrum UV required.
Its life expectancy in captivity is 5- 6 years.
Central Netted Dragon feed on insects like ants, grasshoppers, beetles, and termites, and also eat the leaves and flowers of small herbaceous plants.
The "Other" (Smaller) Bearded Dragon
In common with its “rock star” relative the bearded dragon, the central netted dragon sports a stocky frame, irresistible face and a laid-back disposition. However, it is much smaller, and so more easily managed by those with limited space. These little Aussies are quite hardy, 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 of 80-90 F, with a basking spot of 100 F, must be established.
Netted dragons have wide-ranging appetites, which should enable you to easily provide a healthful diet. Kale, bok choy, dandelion, mustard and collard greens, beets, squash, carrots, yams and other seasonally available produce should be offered, with variety being a key point. Animal-based protein can be provided by canned tegu diets, live crickets, roaches, butter worms and wild-caught invertebrates. Commercial bearded dragon diets and grassland tortoise chow may be added to their salad on occasion..
From findiviglio Nov 15 2015 6:01PM