Eyed Dabb Lizard

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Scientific name: Uromastyx ocellata ornata

The basics:
The Eyed Dabb Lizard is found from Egypt to the Arabian peninsula. It is also seen in Somalia and Eritrea. Eyed Dabb Lizards (Uromastyx ocellata ornata) are fairly closely related to the larger Ornate Uromastyx (Uromastyx ornatus).

Appearance / health:
Eyed Dabb Lizards average 12.5 inches in length. Females are usually light brown with light colored spots and bars on the back but males, especially the healthy and optimally warmed ones are extremely colorful, with intensely brilliant bluish-green or reddish-brown shades and markings. They are considered among the best-colored lizards of the world. Femoral pores are dominant in the male.

Behavior / temperament:
Uromastyx lizards are diurnal. They are active during the day, climbing over rocks and digging into burrows and crevices. They are docile and attractive, making them one of the most favored lizards in the pet trade.

Similar to other Uromastyx lizards, the Eyed Dabb Lizard is best housed in a savannah-type terrarium with a substrate that allows digging, preferably 6-12 inches deep. The recommended substrate is sand, soil, or paper, and should be kept dry. The tank should be misted 2-3 times a week to maintain adequate moisture. Piles of stones or big rocks should be provided for climbing, as well as cavities or burrows (such as snake hide boxes) for hiding and security.

Most Uromastyx lizards are territorial. Keeping Eyed Dabb Lizards in pairs is recommended, although keeping them in groups with only one male is also practiced by pet owners. Living in groups might be uncomfortable to some individuals, which should be removed and housed separately to reduce stress. The ideal hibernation period is 3 months at 50-59F.

The Eyed Dabb Lizards is omnivorous. Its regular diet is chopped vegetables and greens, corn, rice, millet, and other grain, as well as sunflower seeds. At times it will eat insects and baby mice. In captivity, it should be given vitamin and mineral supplements. Heating should be optimized for good digestion.

Winter cooling at 68F is recommended before the breeding season, which is in early spring. A small box of moist sand or vermiculite should be placed in the cage for egg-laying. Eggs should be removed from the cage and incubated separately.


irresistible bulldoglike face


wide temperature gradient


low protein diet, occasional root vegetables, grassland tortoise chow, wild native plants

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Eyed Dabb Lizard

From findiviglio Nov 13 2015 6:42PM


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