Mali Uromastyx Care

Mali Uromastyx Care About

A friendly desert dwelling lizard. They are a good pet for a beginner.
Max Size 12-18 Inches Long
Life Span 15-30 Years with proper care.
Habitat
40 gallon breeder tank is good. Juveniles prefer a 10-15 gallon aquarium. It is easier to keep warm and not overwhelming for your young lizard in size. A heat pad placed under one side of the tank is important as Mali Uromastyx have a very high heart requirement. Have plenty of climbing areas and plants for them to play in. Avoid real plants in their habitat as they will attempt to eat them. The silk variety will work fine.
  • SUBSTRATE: A nice deep calcium sand is good for adults. They like to dig and burrow into it.
  • LIGHTING: 8.0 UV lighting and a basking light for a day combined with red or blue bulb on a day and night should keep them warm and happy.
  • TEMPERATURE: 90-100°F during the day, a 110-120°F basking area and the night temperature should never drop below 85°F. Do not use a heat rock as it can burn their delicate belly scales.
Diet Omnivores. They love anything that moves or not. Keep most of their diet as fruits and vegetables. Gut loaded crickets are also good but avoid mealworms as they are high in fat. It’s a good idea to sprinkle parakeet or finch seed on their food every other day as it aids in their digestion. Always use calcium powder on all food.
Toxins No bananas or iceberg lettuce!
Water  Water is not needed. They receive all their moisture from their food sources. Tail rot can occur from moisture build up on their tails if not properly dried. If it has problems with shedding and you put him into warm water, be certain to completely dry it to void this condition.
Grooming Outer ear should be cleaned with ear wash. Full body baths are on a need to basis. The more you wash them the more they will smell. Nails should be cut every 2 to 3 weeks.
Special Notes

Give your new pet a few days to adjust to his new surrounding before handling and remember that when you have them out playing with you, a larger lizard can hold his body temperature longer than a younger lizard.

*As with any pet, it is important that you find a veterinarian that practices in the certified care for your animal. This guide is general in nature and should not be used to diagnose your pet.