Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
3610, South Africa
Posted Jan 24, 2016
The Black-lipped Lizard (Calotes nigrilabris) is a agamid species endemic to Sri Lanka. It can be distinguished easily by Painted-lipped lizard by having black bar on mouth other than white or orange bar. They are avid climbers and are very quick top escape if given the chance. They do well in captivity only if they come from captive bred stock. They are easily stressed and wild caught ones do not survive long in captivity. The best way is to raise a captive bred one yourself. They will do very well in large outdoor cages measuring 1.8m x 80cm x 80cm and they need have lots of plants in their cages to hide and climb in. I would not recommend this species as a pet but I would say that it is possible to keep them and breed them in the right conditions. They are not very fond of handling, even the captive breed individuals. ONly for expert keepers.