This picture is of W/C specimens from Egypt collected
in late 2006.
Diet: Crickets, Cockroaches, ButterWorms,
and other grubs. Make sure to dust the insects with
a multi-vitamin supplement as they will not get
the natural vitamins they would from a diverse diet
in the wild.
Adult size: 5- 7 inches long.
They are currently 3 1/2- 4 inches long. Got lots
of character, especially fun to watch them feed!
Are able to climb glass. A 5 Gallon tank is suitable
for two to three. They must be provided a heavy
and shallow dish of water to minimize the chances
of its flipping over. Often they will drink the
drops off the surfaces produced by misting the cage.
Make sure to change the water daily. As they tend
to shed very often, it is ideal to mist them with
some water twice a day. They are very difficult
to hold because they are extremely active.
They like a moderate humidity level, of 30- 40%.
During day time they should be kept at 80- 85*F,
and dropped down to 70- 75*F during night. They
must be provided a full spectrum UVB lighting during
day time, this will aid in digestion of Bone/ exoskeleton,
and Calcium. In the wild, their habitat consists
of rocky scrubland areas. Though in captivity, I
always recommend Reptile Carpet for long healthy
life. If a decision is made to keep them on either
Sand, or any other loose material, they will ingest
some every time they feed, in time (a few years
usually) a blockage will develop and they will starve
They love to climb, so provide plenty of branches
and plants as well as a hiding area. A basking spot should
also be provided, allowing them to get closer to
the heat source.
These lizards must be brumated prior to being mated.
Simply stop feeding them two weeks prior to brumation,
turn off all the heat sources such as: heat tape,
heat lamp, etc. This will lower the temperature
enaph to be suitable for brumation. Since they will
be only in brumation stage, they will still be awake
and require clean water daily. Brumate them for
about one month, then raze the temperature back