Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
3610, South Africa
Posted Jan 31, 2016
The Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) is native to the west coast of North America, from the state of Washington in the north, to northern Baja California, Mexico in the south. They are a medium sized lizard species and come from a harsh arid environment. They can be kept in captivity but I would recommend keeping them in large vivariums measuring at least 90cmx 45cm x45cm. They are a very fast and skittish species and don't normally tame down much in captivity but with regular handling and interaction with their owner they can tame down well to become calm and gentle lizards. They feed very well on insects and snails. I have found they enjoy crickets, snails, silkworms, waxworms, small roaches, superworms and flying ants. I would recommend this species to intermediate and advanced reptile keepers. A hardy species but it will take a lot of time and care to tame and care for correctly.