Species group: Swifts and Spiny Lizards
Other common names: Clark Spiny Lizard; Sonoran Spiny Lizard; Plateau Spiny Lizard
Scientific name: Sceloporus clarkii
The Clark's Spiny Lizard is an arboreal horned lizard which is native to the deserts of the the Mexican state of Jalisco north to New Mexico and Arizona. This lizard prefers trees, but also inhabits rocky areas with large boulders.
Appearance / health:
The Clark's Spiny Lizard has scattered turquoise scales mixed with tan and brown on the back and sides. Like many other lizards, spiny lizards exhibit metachromatism, which involves color changes with changes in temperature. When it is cooler, colors are much darker than when the temperature is high. Darker colors increase the amount of heat absorbed from the sun and lighter colors reflect solar radiation.
In the wild they have a broad diet which includes beetles, ants, wasps, butterflies, moths, spiders, and grasshoppers.
Beutiful Reptilian Speedster
adequate nutrition, driftwood perches, butter worms, hot basking temperatures
A Beutiful Reptilian Speedster
The Clark’s spiny lizard and its relatives are also called “swifts” – and you need observe them only a short time (or try to catch an escapee!) to see how fitting that name is. Spiny lizards have much to recommend them, but they will thrive only in a large enclosure (a 55 gallon tank is ideal for a pair or trio) that offers plenty of rock and driftwood perches and hideaways, hot basking temperatures (95-100 F), and access to high levels of UVB.
Ever alert for predators and prey, spiny lizards tend to remain high-strung in captivity, and are best thought of as pets to observe rather than handle. Captive-born individuals may adapt to some handling, but unfortunately many in the trade are wild-caught. However, given proper care, many will reproduce – several bear live young, which translates into much less work for the aspiring lizard breeder!
A varied diet comprised of roaches, crickets, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, lab-reared houseflies and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented with vitamins, will not provide adequate nutrition..
From findiviglio Nov 16 2015 1:43PM