Species group: Uromastyx, Dabb and Spiny-Tailed Lizards
Other common names: Egyptian Dabb Lizard; Egyptian Spiny-tailed Agama;Egyptian Mastigure; Leptien's Mastigure
Scientific name: Uromastyx aegyptia
The Egyptian Spiny-tailed Lizard is a large (up to 76 cm / 30 inches), herbivourous member of the Spiny-tailed Lizard genus of lizards. Uromastyx aegyptia is native to hot and arid regions of North Africa and the Middle East, where they live in rocky habitats. Egyptian Spiny-tailed Lizards live in loose colonies, and dig large and deep burrows which can reach 305 cm (10 ft) in length.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) lists the status of the Egyptian Spiny-tailed Lizard in the wild as "near threatened". They are uncommon in the pet trade.
The best cage for the Uromastyx aegyptia is a large desert-type terrarium with a substrate of 6-12 inches deep. The most important element of the cage is the heating and lighting system that should mimic the lizard’s natural habitat. Full-spectrum fluorescent lights that provide the highest levels of UVA and UVB are necessary for the animal’s optimum health. Day temp: 81-86F; night temp: 59-68F; basking temp: 104-115F; humidity: less than 50%; lighting: up to 14 hours, full-spectrum UV required.
Uromastyx are burrowing lizards, and need substrate deep enough to burrow in, or a low structure under which to hide.
excellent pet reptiles, Amazing Egyptian Uromastyx, ideal captive reptiles, fine pet lizards
high humidity, Kinda drab, low protein diet, wide temperature gradient
huge reptile, supplemental insect intake, pretty much vegetarians
Nefertari & Ramesses
These lizards are a little fat, but like Santa their jolly!
I named them Nefertari & Ramesses, a young male & an older female. They lived in a very large fish tank with a sliding top for easy access. Warming rocks, large light above the tank and a lot of ground up walnut shell for bedding, plus a nice size wood log for hiding and sleep.
Food for them was lettuce, mill worms, fruits & sweet peas!
Nefertari, loved her sweet peas, she’d run to the front of the glass and crawl up the sides, waiting for the small plate to be placed in front her =) I’d just sit and watch her eat them.
I’d take them out and let them run around the house a bit. Nefertari loved the stairs for some reason, I’d just watch her & have my baby wipes ready, sometimes she’d poo!
They pretty much kept to themselves, they had a very large home for such small little lizards..
From Samantha_76 Jul 19 2014 12:45AM
The Best "First Uromastyx"
This is the largest and, some would say, most impressive of the Uromastyx. Stoutly-built, with a bulldog-like face and nearing 3 feet in length, an adult male is a sight to behold. A group I kept at the Staten Island Zoo stole the show at the reptile house – not an easy feat in Carl Kauffeld’s old stomping grounds! Fortunately, they are well-established in captivity and, assuming you can meet their needs, are a great choice for serious lizard-keepers.
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. This is especially true for the ponderous Egyptian spiny-tail.
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 many commonly-kept herbivorous lizards. 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 (insect protein is needed by young animals, taken in small amounts by adults of some species)..
From findiviglio Nov 11 2015 10:15PM