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Western Collared Lizard Care Sheet

Description: The Western Collared lizard makes its home in the deserts of the Southwest USA.
Scientific Name: Crotaphytus collaris
Average Size: 10 to 12 inches
Origin: Southwest North America


Western Collared lizards are carnivorous so feed them a variety of gut-loaded insects. Crickets are the most healthy so they should make up the primary part of their diet with mealworms, silkworms and waxworms added in.

Wester Collared lizards will drink from a dish so make sure they always have a supply of fresh drinking water.



Humidity: These lizards requrie a relatively low humidity level in the 30% to 40% range.
Lighting: UVB lighting is essential and should be provided to Western Collared lizards in 12 hour periods followed by 12 hours of darkness.
Physical Design: The Western Collared lizard will require a lot of cover in its habitat so it can hide and feel safe.
Substrate: Since these lizards live in the desert they are naturally accustomed to walking living on sand which makes it a good idea to mimic this when keeping them in captivity.
Temperature: A temperature gradient of 75 degrees F on the cool end to 87 degrees F on the warm end is perfect for Western Collared lizards. At night the temperature should remain about 72 degrees F which is obviously a few degrees cooler than during the day.
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