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Gonzo

Ornate Uromastyx

Overall satisfaction

3/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

2/5

Health

4/5

ActivityLevel

1/5

Temperament

4/5

Easy to provide habitat

4/5

Easy to handle

4/5

Visibility

5/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

5/5

Easy to Feed

5/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

5/5

Uromastyx, a cool-looking lizard

By

Canada

Posted Jul 18, 2014

It was my partner at the time, who really wanted a lizard, so she chose a Uromastyx because of its cool looks (especially the tail is nice) and gentle temperament.

Gonzo was easy to maintain. We kept him in an old 25-gallon fish tank, with seeds as a bedding (make sure you check which seeds are okay for this lizard, since they will eat some..), a couple of rocks and a small cave. We installed a wire screen on top of the tank with two special lamps on top - an all in all easy setup.

Gonzo would happily come out of his habitat and was happy being handled. He'd crawl on you and whereever else he was allowed to go.

Feeding is easy - Uromastyx lizards love dandelions but also eat a regular diet of greens. You can dust the leaves with a mineral/vitamin powder, readily available at your pet store, to help keep your lizard healthy. They do not require water - in fact, you should never have a water bowl in their habitat: if they get wet, seeds etc. will stick to them, which can cause disease and infection.

If you're looking for a low-maintenance, gentle, and interesting reptile, Uromastyx might be the right choice for you.

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