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Uromastyx Care Sheet
This care page is for Uromastyx Maliensis. It is pretty general in nature, so make sure you read up as much as possible before purchasing one of these amazing animals. There is still limited information about the captive care and breeding of Uromastyx, so this infomation is from my own personal experience.
Scientific Name: *Uromastyx maliensis
Common Name: *Mali Uromastyx
Natural Habitat: *Arid and Semi-arid Saharan Desert and Egypt
Life Expectancy: *Believed to be 30 years or more
Caging Requirements: *Newborns can be housed singly in 10 gallon tanks. But the minimum for adults should be at least 40 gallons, with a floor measurement of 36"X 18" in order to ensure the proper temperature gradient. And also to give them plenty of room to roam around.
Ambient Temperatures: *Daytime=high 80s to mid 90s Nighttime=high 60s to mid 70s
Basking Temperatures: *100 to 130 degrees
Substrates: *I use clean playground sand for my uromastyx. You can also use newspaper, papertowels, or reptile carpet. But a hidebox must be provided in order for your lizard to have a place to feel safe and secure.
Feeding Percentages: *95% plant foods 5% or less live foods
Live Foods: *Uromastyx are primarily herbivorous (plant eaters). Occasionally you can give them a few crickets, mealworms, or waworms. But make sure these are used very rarely, due to the information showing the negative effects of too much protein in herbivore diets.
Plant Foods: *Collared greens, mustard greens, kale, dandelion greens, frozen thawed mixed vegetable, or almost any leafy vegetables. Avoid celery, spinach, and iceberg lettuce
Lighting: *It is highly recomended that you use a high quality UVB flourescent tube or one of the newer UVB incandescent bulbs with all your reptiles. There has been no real proof of the need for these, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you read the directions on the bulb, to ensure the proper distance between the bulb and your lizard.
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