Species group: Uromastyx, Dabb and Spiny-Tailed Lizards
Other common names: Saharan Spiny-tailed Lizard; Red Nigerian Spiny-Tailed Lizard; Nigerian Uromastyx; Geyr's Dabb Lizard
Scientific name: Uromastyx geyri
The Saharan Uromastyx is one of 13 species of Spiny Tailed lizards, and is native to hot and dry areas of Algeria, Mali and Niger.
Saharan Uromastyx which are available as pets are mostly wild-caught, and are exported from NIgeria. Unfortunately, wild-caught Uromastyx which have not had adequate time to acclimate to captivity often experience health problems.
Appearance / health:
Saharan Uromastyx are one of the most colorful members of the Uromastyx family. Males are tan or orange with light spots on their backs, and females are duller in color and patterning. Saharan Uromastyx are considered to be a medium sized Uromastyx, and are typically between 28 - 36 cm (11 - 14 inches) in length.
Behavior / temperament:
Saharan Uromastyx are considered to have peaceful temperaments.
Saharan Uromastyx need to be kept in conditions which most closely resemble their natural habitat. Their terrarium should have a sand substrate and should contain several hides. A basking area with a temperature of around 49 C. (120 F) and a cooler area of around 30 C (85 F) should be made available.
Saharan Uromastyx are omnivorous and acquire adequate fluids from their food.
charming quirks, low maintenance animal, captive bred saharan, trustworthy companion
omnivore, low moisture content, Supposedly, commonly imported species, heat lampsrocks
From Kacie Bingham Sep 30 2017 2:13AM
The Saharan Uromastyx is the most commonly imported species of Uromastyx, but fortunately they are very good at acclimating to captivity. They are commonly called Nigerian Uromastyx, and are not readily available as captive breeds, and so care should be taken when purchasing to ensure good health. They are the brightest, most vividly colored of the Uromastyx.
Saharans grow to up to 14 inches in length. They are also one of the few lizards that can be fed a completely herbivorous diet... in fact, animal protein, while often accepted eagerly, is not good for uromastyx, and so should be less than 5% of their diet. The lack of live food makes the convenience of the uromastyx something to be desired. It also makes them relatively inexpensive to feed, as long as you don't mind trips to the local fresh produce stand. It can also be difficult, though extremely important, to keep a basking area of 115-120, with the rest of the tank not dropping below 80.
Uromastyx should have a diet made up primarily of dark leafy greens, and spinach should be offered sparingly. Fruits and veggies can be given as well, with radishes and berries being popular choices. Beans, while enjoyed, should be fed sparingly due to their low moisture content. A water dish should not be offered except during sheds, as most uromastyx will not drink. In the wild they get all moisture from their food, so it should be misted before being offered. A bowl of birdseed should always be available, as it aids in digestion.
The Saharan is a relatively non-aggressive species of Uromastyx, both to humans and properly-introduced cage mates. They have more of a tendency to be shy and take time to warm up to you, but once they are they are handleable. There's nothing like trying to catch a shy Uro, though... they can get into places smaller than you can reach, and sometimes its not worth tearing up the cage to drag them out... :]
NOTE: The health/vigor rating I gave does not apply to a well-acclimated Saharan, or a captive bred Saharan... rather to a Saharan that is not yet acclimated and may have trouble adapting and/or previous injury from being caught/shipped/etc.
From ifweirdisnormal Apr 19 2012 2:10PM
A supposedly trustworthy companion
My pet Uromastyx passed away a couple months prior to writing this review. I don't know if it was brought on by a freak, unpreventable virus, or if it's just a natural weakness, but he fell ill despite taking the utmost care of him. This was heart breaking as I had him for around six years and had gotten attached to him. Supposedly the lifespan of a Uromastyx is recorded as being around 30 years. I walked him every other day, but he still fell ill. It may have just been me considering the recorded lifespan.
Other than this, he was a low maintenance animal. He had some charming quirks about him, such as loving to watch Spongebob or other cartoons. Whenever they came on the TV, he would turn his head to watch them. He didn't do many things besides that. Towards the end of his life, he mostly just slept inside his hut..
From gp02 Feb 17 2014 8:54PM