Species group: Collared Lizards
Other common names: Desert Collard Lizard; Mohave Black Collared Lizard; Western Collared Lizard
Scientific name: Crotaphytus bicinctores
The Great Basin Collared Lizard is native to dry, rocky, hilly terrain in the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of the southwestern United States. It is very quick, and is actually able to run on its hind legs. The Great Basin Collared Lizard is similar in size and shape to the Common Collared Lizard, but lacks its bright colors.
Appearance / health:
The Desert Collard Lizard is distinguished by a black or black-white collar across the back of its neck. They grow to 13 inches in total length.
Behavior / temperament:
Captive bred Collared Lizards are easy to tame. Their natural tendency when threatened is to run and dive under the substrate or into rock crevices to hide, but if cornered, they can give a nasty bite. They don’t lose their tails because the tails add to their balance when they run. Collared Lizards are one of the fastest runners in the Iguanid family, sprinting on their hind legs. When about to strike on prey, they tend to wave their tails like mammals.
The best cage for the Collared Lizard is at least 20 gallons equipped with large roots and stable piles of stones or rocks for climbing and hiding. Bigger lizards require more spacious cages for running around. The substrate should be at least 4 inches deep to allow digging. Artificial or drought-resistant plants in pots are recommended for retreats and humidity. A small water container should be provided and refreshed daily. Day temp: 82-95F; night temp: 64-71F; basking temp: 113F; humidity: 40-60% lighting: 14 hours, UV regulation required.
Collared Lizards are best kept as pairs or in groups with only one male, which are territorial and aggressive against other males. The cage must be misted several times a week, especially if the lizards refuse to drink from the water bowl.
Common Collared Lizards are mainly carnivorous, preferring insects (crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches), other lizards, newborn mammals, mealworms, and waxworms. Occasionally, they will eat flowers, fruits, and leaves. Mineral-dusted or gut-loaded crickets are recommended.
Collared Lizards mate in the spring and lay up to a dozen eggs in June to July. They can lay more than one clutch per season. The eggs incubate for about 10 weeks and hatch in September.
respiratory issues, big jumper
desert creatures, DRY conditions
Fascinating, Hardy and "Breedable"
Brightly-colored, active by day, willing to breed and very interesting, the popularity of the Great Basin collared lizard and its relatives has soared in recent years. If their specific care needs are met, these beautiful creatures make wonderful, responsive pets.
A large terrarium is essential if a healthful temperature gradient (78-90 F, with a basking site of 110 F) is to be established; a 55 gallon tank is ideal for an adult or compatible pair). Low humidity a dry substrate, and high levels of UVB are essential to their survival. A wide variety of calcium and vitamin-supplemented butterworms, sow bugs, locusts, crickets, roaches, hornworms and other invertebrates, along with some fibrous greens and vegetables, are required for proper nutrition. An occasional pink mouse will help to meet their higher-than-average calcium requirements; de-clawed crayfish can be substituted.
Ever alert for predators and prey, collared lizards tend to remain high-strung in captivity, and are best thought of as pets to observe. Long term pets may adapt to careful handling, but their jaw power far exceeds that of similarly sized lizards, so be forewarned!.
From findiviglio Nov 18 2015 12:37PM