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Long-Tailed Lizard Care Sheet

Description: Although the entire length of the Long-Tailed Lizard can reach 3 feet the tail comprises about 3/4 of this total length.
Scientific Name: Takydromus sexlineatus
Lifespan: 5 to 10 years
Average Size: Up to 3 feet
Origin: Asia


Feed your Long-Tailed Lizard a good variety of gut-loaded insects. These can include crickets, mealworms and earthworms amongst others.

For a water supply you will want to give your lizard a shallow dish of clean water. They may also lick the moisture off the plants in their enclosure.



Humidity: A relatively high humidity level is required for these lizards of approximately 70%.
Lighting: Long-Tailed Lizards are active during the day so provide them with 14 hours per day of full-spectrum light.
Physical Design: These lizards love to climb so they will need a lot of branches in their habitat as well as a few hiding places to make them feel secure.
Size: A 15 to 20 gallon aquarium should be considered a minimum size for one of these lizards. A larger enclosure will allow you more room to provide them with climbing branches.
Substrate: Long-Tailed Lizards have no specific requirements for a substrate. However, you may wish to give them something that mimics their natural environment of a forest floor. Bark chips would work well to serve this purpose.
Temperature: During the day a temperature gradient that ranges from 75 degrees F to 85 degrees F will be required. You will also need to provide your Long-Tailed Lizard with a basking area that reaches somewhere between 90 degrees F and 95 degrees F. During the night you will want to drop the temperature up to 10 degrees F.
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