Leopard Lizard(Gambelia wislizenii)A.K.A. Long-nosed Leopard LizardDescription:Leopard Lizards are fairly large-sized lizards with tan skin and black spots. Males can grow to 5 inches from snout to vent, while the slightly larger females grow up to 6 inches. Females will display bright orange or red colorations during breeding season. These lizards can live up to 10 years if taken care of properly.Habitat and Tank Requirements:This species is native to the Western North America.These lizards do well with sand or sand/gravel mix as a substrate. Be sure to put enough rocks and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in and climb on.Leopard Lizards need at least a 25 gallon tank for an individual. They can be kept in groups, as they are not very territorial. In the wild, Leopard Lizards feed on smaller lizards, so if you are keeping more than one in the same tank, be sure they are about the same size. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 70-80º F during the day and nighttime temperatures between 60-70º F. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures.In addition to UV light, these lizards need a hotter basking area from 95-100º F. You can use either a ceramic heat emitter or a reptile basking light for this. Heat rocks are not recommended as they can burn your animal.Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in. Some lizards wont drink from a bowl. In this case some sort of dropper is recommended.Diet:Leopard Lizards will feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. Adults will also eat pinkie mice occasionally. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.Handling:Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.
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