Species group: Grass Lizards and Asian Racers
Other common names: Asian longtailed Grass Lizard; Long-tailed Lizard; Asian Grass Lizard;Six-striped Long-tailed Lizard; Sechsstreifen-Langschwanzeidechse
Scientific name: Takydromus sexlineatus
This specialized grass-climbing lizard is a great choice for folks favoring planted terrariums. Long-tailed Grass Lizards are somewhat shy, but if properly housed will be very active and provide much of interest to observe.
The Long-tailed Grass Lizard has an enormous range, being found from India to the eastern coast of China, and south through most of Southeast Asia to Indonesia. Highly adapted to life in grasslands and savannas, it may also colonize the grassy edges of forests and plantations.
Appearance / health:
The Long-tailed Grass Lizard is very slender in build, with an average length of 25 – 30 cm (10-12 in), most of which is made up of tail. The body color ranges from light tan to brown or green, and is decorated with numerous dark brown stripes. The snout is noticeably pointed in shape.
Intestinal blockages caused by diets high in mealworms or large food items are sometimes a concern. Metabolic bone disease may occur in animals that are not provided with ample UVB, Calcium or Vitamin D3.
Behavior / temperament:
Ever alert for predators, Long-tailed Grass Lizards tend to become stressed by disturbances, and are best thought of as pets to observe rather than handle.
Long-tailed Grass Lizards do best in “high-style” aquariums that allow climbing space. A sand/peat moss mix may be used as the substrate, and caves and cork bark rolls will provide sheltering sites. Clumps of stout dry or live grass and thin branches will allow them climbing opportunities; they will make use of most live plants. Temperature gradient 76-82 F; Basking temperature: 90-95 F. UVB exposure is essential.
A varied diet comprised of small roaches, crickets, butter worms, lab-reared houseflies, silkworms, and other commercially-available invertebrates is essential to their well-being.
Breeding may be expected throughout much of the year. Clutches typically contain 2-4 eggs, which are buried just below the soil or under other cover. The eggs may be incubated in moist vermiculite at 82-86 F for 28-35 days.
Written by Frank Indiviglio
amiable, excellent beginner pets, sensationally long tail, community herp tank, active little guy
handling sessions, low visibility rating
hardy captives, tolerate moderate handling, good little hunter
Interesting, Unique, and Easy Pet
The students in my classroom researched a pet in order to help us choose the right pet for us, and they couldn't have made a better choice than a Long-Tailed Grass Lizard! This creature has a great look, with beautiful stripes that go from his head all the way to his tail. He uses his tail to balance, which meant he could contort himself into many interesting positions. He was often seen balancing on one leg and his tail, trying to see what we were doing. (See picture.) These lizards can be trained to be held outside of the tank, but that can take some time. The care for this lizard is relatively easy. It needs to be fed a few live crickets every other day, but you must be very careful not to overfeed it, as the crickets become predatory when they are in large groups. If you feel nervous about handling live crickets, you can get a special container for feeding them to the lizard. Be sure that there is a pet store that carries live crickets nearby as you will need to purchase them relatively frequently. I definitely recommend this beautiful and easy pet!.
From alynch Jan 8 2017 2:22AM
Not very fun to keep
I have worked with hundreds of these guys and I personally don't like them. They're quick and they almost never want to be held. I've been bit trying to get them out quite a few times. It doesn't hurt, but it's annoying.
Their habitat is pretty easy to provide, they stay on the smaller side so you don't need a huge tank. They're easy to take care of, they mostly eat crickets. They are fairly active, but they also blend into their decorations pretty well, most of the time you can't really see them or what they're doing.
My dislike for them is just that I don't really see the point in keeping them. I'm not sure if they warm up to owners after being handled many times. You can't see them often. I would recommend them for people who want a really easy reptile to take care of and who don't plan on holding it or interacting with it very much..
From nicolemcintyre Nov 18 2014 6:43PM