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Emerald Swift Care Sheet

Description: Male Emerald Swift lizards are green in color with a tint of blue in their body. Sometimes their entire belly is bright blue in color.
Scientific Name: Sceloporus Malachiticus
Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
Average Size: 6 to 8 inches
Origin: Central America


Although the Emerald Swift is classified as omnivorous, the majority of its diet should be a combination of insects. A wide variety of insects can be used including crickets, mealworms and waxworms.

Ensure that on a weekly basis their food contains both a calcium and multivitamin supplement dusted on it before feeding.



Humidity: Keep the humidity level at approximately 60% in the habitat of your Emerald Swift.
Lighting: You will need a good source of full-spectrum light that contains both UVA and UVB light rays. This light should be provided to your Emerald Swift for approximately 12 to 14 hours per day.
Physical Design: Since these lizards love to climb they will need a variety of plants and branches throughout their enclosure that will allow them to do this.
Size: An aquarium tank that is at least 30 gallons in volume will be needed for the Emerald Swift.
Substrate: Since the Emerald Swift enjoys burrowing in the wild you should give them a substrate that allows them to do this in captivity.
Temperature: 75 degrees F to 80 degrees F is the perfect temperature for Emerald Swifts during the day. You will also want to provide them with a basking spot that reaches 95 degrees F. During the night the temperature should drop to between 65 degrees F and 70 degrees F.
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