Species group: Curly-tailed Lizards
Other common names: Green Legged Curly-tail Lizard; Hispaniolan Masked Curly-tailed Lizard
Scientific name: Leiocephalus personatus
The Jewelled Curly-tailed Lizard is a member of the Curly-tailed lizards family (Leiocephalidae), and is native to Caribbean islands of Haiti, Ile de la Tortue and the Dominican Republic. They are an arboreal lizard and get their name from the way males curl their tails over their heads. There are believed to be a dozen subspecies of Leiocephalus personatus.
Appearance / health:
Jewelled Curly-tailed Lizards are sexually dimorphic. Males are a bright metallic color with red markings on the head around the lower jaw. Females are much smaller and are brown in color with lighter stripes running down the flanks.
15 gallon or larger habitat. Daytime temperatures of 80°F to 85°F with a 88°F to 90°F basking area under a spotlight.
Jewelled Curly-tailed Lizards are insectivores and will eat a variety of insects including crickets, mealworms, super worms, and wax worms.
bright coloring, beautiful lizard, striking pose, entertaining lizard
extraordinarily fast lizard, vitamin D synthesis, live mealworms
Bang for the buck
This is a very beautiful lizard. I fell in love at first sight because of the coloring and the price. Like most reptiles, they will require a heat source, preferably a ceramic bulb (which can be left on day or night without adding a glow) and a UVB bulb for vitamin D synthesis. Their needs are fairly standard, requiring live mealworms and crickets. They also should be offered some baby applesauce from time to time (gutloading the live feed is good, too). They prefer to burrow into their substrate which should be a mix of sand and peat for the right humidity. I've also used shredded aspen but I was not happy with it, but it is suitable (never use pine or cedar bedding as the oils are toxic to most small pets!)
I obtained a couple of females and at one point one of them actually produced some eggs. Since I did not have a proper set up (and there wasn't much information available to me about breeding them) the egg never hatched. Shortly after I rehomed my lizards when I moved to Japan, so I never was able to follow through with breeding them.
Although they would disappear for long periods in the substrate, never fear, they do emerge from time to time to take up a striking pose under the lights. Someday I'll make another set up and get my hands on some more. They aren't lizards you can handle (very fast, like anoles, and skittish) but are striking in the right setup.
Note: these are not Haitian Curly-Tailed Lizards (Leiocephaus Schreibersii), as someone else in the comments accidentally posted a picture of one. When Googling, it is easy to accidentally confuse them and get the wrong info. Same is true if you try to special order one from a pet store.. Handy to print a picture in that case. I speak from experience..
From serrus Jun 29 2015 6:57PM