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Collared Lizard
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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Crotaphytus

Quick Stats:   Collared Lizard

Family: Iguanidae
Origin: Central USA through Central America
Size: 6 - 12 inches as adults
Diet: Crickets, mealworms, grubs, waxworms, and earthworms
Water: Provide in a shallow bowl containing small stones
Terrarium: A 20 gallon aquarium with plenty of hiding places
Substrate: Gravel and rocks
Decoration: Rocks and caves; provide sufficient number of hiding areas
Lighting: Full spectrum fluorescent with UVB; incandescent bulb for heating
Temperatures: A gradient of 70-85°F by night; a gradient of 75-90°F by day, with a basking area
Compatibility: Can be paired, with ample space
Sexing: Males are bigger and more colorful, usually with a brightly colored throat
Cautions: Collared lizards can inflict serious wounds to an inexperienced handler

The color of Collared Lizards can vary from tan and brown to brilliant greens and blues. They need a large habitat with a substrate of gravel and rocks, and many hiding places. Their average life span is 5 - 8 years.

They eat mainly insects, crickets, mealworms, grubs, waxworms, and earthworms. Larger lizards may eat pinkie or small adult mice. They will also eat certain fruits and vegetables; feed those higher in calcium, such as mustard greens, collard greens, papaya and mango. To provide water, use shallow bowl with pebbles in it. This will prevent live foods from drowning in the bowl and the lizards can access the water easily.

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