Species group: Swifts and Spiny Lizards
Scientific name: Sceloporus olivaceus
The Texas Spiny Lizard is a member of the Phrynosomatidae family of lizards, and is native to northern Mexico and south central United States. The Texas Spiny Lizard is a diurnal and arboreal species which is very common throughout its range, and can often be found on fences and in trees. The Texas Spiny Lizard is a popular pet lizard and adapts well to captivity.
Appearance / health:
The Texas Spiny Lizard is 7.5 to 11 inches in total length. They are typically grey and males have a distinctive blue stripe on either side of the belly. They have long toes and sharp claws for climbing.
In captivity the Texas Spiny Lizard can be fed commercially available crickets.
bright blue coloring
fake rocks, large water bowl, weekly soaks
Nexus - Male Texas Spiny lizard
Mulch bedding [no sand]
Small water bowl
Daily water misting necessary.
Cage decorations [fake rocks, vines, something to climb on]
Thermometer and hydrometer.
Daylight bulb and night time bulb
Small heating rock in winter weather is advised.
Likes to climb.
Loves crickets, worms, dubia roaches.
Does not need a large water bowl to bathe/swim in. But weekly soaks is encouraged to make shedding easy.
Once used to owner, will behave quite calm and docile. does not bite. Not aggressive at all.
Can take him out to sun bathe in the summer with supervision.
Adult males have bright blue coloring on underside.
Does 'pushups' during mating season, whether or not there is a female present. :)
Prone to having retained eye caps if environment is too dry.
If wrong bedding is used, lizard might develop intestinal issues if accidentally ingested while feeding.
Is very very skittish and fearful during the first couple of months and will try to jump out of hands when being handled. Give it time and he will get used to owners.
From Izzy Jan 25 2012 10:18AM