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Texas Spiny Lizard

Texas Spiny Lizard
Texas Spiny Lizard

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Subphylum:     Vertebrata
Class:      Reptilia
Order:        Squamata
Suborder:        Iguania
Family:     Phrynosomatidae
Genus:        Sceloporus
Species:        S. olivaceus
Binomial name:        Sceloporus olivaceus

You can see the collared lizards, belonging to the family Crotaphytidae,  order squamata distributed all over the Western United States.  You see them  in the Sonoran Desert in the southeast California, Arizona and Northern Mexico which includes eastern Baja California.

Anatomy

The normal size of a Spiny lizard is from 7.5” to 12”. Their color varies from grayish brown, olive brown to reddish brown, with their backs having contrasting designs.

Female spiny lizards possess lines over their legs that are dark and wavy; their background is colored paler than the males, whereas males possess lean blue blotches on both sides of their bellies. They have pale colored stripes running parallel on their backs. The tail and toes of Texas Lizards are sufficiently long and the scales on their backs are spiny and long.

They are characteristically gray colored with red-brown, white, black or gray blotches over the back. They measure about 19 to 28 cm or 7.5 to 11 inches in length.

Behavior

The Texas spiny lizards are arboreal and diurnal. They are fond of dwelling in  places that abound in plenty of  leaf litter on the ground, and their favorite place is the mesquite trees. Normally you see them  in suburban places, basking on on telephone poles and  fences,. Characteristically they are nervous and shy, When you reach out to them, they generally run away noisily  between the ground leaf litter, or retreat up a tree.

Habitat

Their habitat is in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, south central United States and in the states of San Luis Potosi, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico. You can frequently see them on fences, or trees throughout the area.

As a Pet

Breeding

Breeding takes place in the summer and spring with 1 to 4 clutches of 11 eggs each and adults above 4 years lay 25 eggs.

Housing

Texas Spiny Lizard
Texas Spiny Lizard

You can breed a pair if you place them together.

Cage Size – the minimum size of a cage for an adult is 30” L x 12” D x 12” H.

For  substrate use  cage carpet, sand or powdered walnut shell.  The main anxiety of having sand and walnut shell is its chance of impaction. Overdose of substrate consumption leads to blockage in the intestines.  This you can avoid  by laying a cage carpet, which of course is not easy to clean.

On the cooler portion of the cage provide  a dark spot for hiding

Provide an open area for the spiny lizards to play around.

For climbing facilities, place vines, sticks and logs everywhere in the cage.

Provide a high level location for basking

Their hobby lies in digging into decayed logs.

Food

Feed them with or smaller portion of the cricket’s head around 5 pieces a day, and dusted with vitamin D3, calcium supplement twice a week. Once in a way give them a treat of grasshoppers, worms and beetles’.

Do not feed your juveniles with meal worms.  It is hard for them to digest exoskeleton. You would do well not to  feed meal worms to the adults. As food, they like butterflies most. They take pleasure, jumping about in the air.

Handling

Texas spiny lizards are the right selection for a small pet. These pets, without hesitation, eat crickets that you can easily buy commercially, they adjust well as captives and they are sturdy.

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