Species: Ameiva ameiva
Origin: This animal originates from some parts of Central and South America and some parts of Mexico.
Size And Longevity: This animal is use too tropical like regions and are a beautiful and medium
size lizard and they all seem too make a pretty nice pet lizard as they
are pretty hardy and all though they are pretty shy at first with proper
care they seem too tame pretty well, they are also fun too watch as they
are very interesting and very active animals, this makes a great starter
lizard for those who want your' first lizard, they have beautiful colors,
a slender body, a narrow head, and a very long whip like tail.
This animal is a slender medium size lizard and full grown only gets a
size of 15 to 20 inches in length, and are very active, these animals
are also diurnal meaning they are mostly active at day and are usually a
green or brown color with a lateral white spots on it's sides
they are a great choice for one with not much room, these animals have been known too live
up 6 to 8 years in captivity and seem too become pretty docile.
Habitat And Caging Requirements: This species is usually quiet easy to keep but they do require
a fair amount of space to keep and seem to do well at a temperature
of around 75 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, 1 adult animal can
be kept in a 40 or 60 gallon tank or vivarium and are best
kept with 1 male per setup.
You can decorate the tank with wood, live plant's, sand substrate
and rock's, this species seems to do best in a desert or tropical like aquarium
or vivarium type setup with a basking area and some moss, chola wood
for hiding places, and a water dish large enough too climb into, and
keep the water clean by changing it every other day, also keep a water
spray bottle handy to mist down the setup every 2 to 3 days and this
will also help with your' pet's shedding, they also enjoy a basking area,
some people also use a small heat pad at one end of the setup so the
animal can move to and from heat as it needs.
Temperature And Lighting Requirements: You want to use low wattage bulbs' for best results' to avoid
over heating of your' pet as over heating could cause your' pet
to dehydrate, these animals' seem to fair well at temperatures
of (75 to 86 degrees F.).
Feeding And Nutrition: For feeding your' pet it is no problem as they are veracious feeders' and
will readily eat crickets', meal worms, super worms, fruit flies, and
wax worms, and will also eat some fruits.
Handling And Care: "Alright for the care and handling of your pet", I know these little guys' are so
cute that your' going too want too handle them all the time right?, but when you first get
them it is a good idea put them in their new home and mostly enjoy watching them
get use to their new home and feed them well for at least a couple of day's which
is really a good idea for any new pet that you get of any kind and then gradually
start too handle them from time to time, this is called acclimating your' animal
which cut's down stress which in turn make's you have a happier healthier pet,
this species is pretty docile, it will just take a little while for it to get use to
it's new owner so start handling them a little at a time.
Written By: Howard Stinson
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