Origin: Haiti, Western Dominican Republic, also has been seen in Cuba, and Southern Florida.
Description: The Ornate Curly-Tailed Lizards are diurnal, meaning active during the day. Their average lifespan is 7 to 10 years. They range in lengths from 8 to 9 inches. Curly-Tailed lizard colors vary from green to brown and even grey. The Ornate Curly-Tailed lizard also has red and blue coloring on their sides.
Temperature: The Ornate Curly-Tailed Lizard needs a basking spot of 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and a cool side between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They also need a uvb light preferably one that goes across the habitat of 10.0 to synthesize vitamin D3.
Habitat: The habitat should be as big as possible but minimum size should be a 20 gallon long aquarium. The substrate should be Zoo Med’s Eco Earth or washed play sand that they can burrow into. They normally burrow in the substrate for bed time, so no light is needed at night unless your home temperature drops below 70, then a low wattage nighttime bulb will be all that is needed. The habitat should also have rocks under the basking light so the lizard can bask on the warm rocks for belly heat. The Ornate Curly-Tailed lizard also needs wood to climb on, and at least two hides, one on the basking side and one on the cool side. They will need a low water dish and a worm dish.
Humidity: The humidity should be between 40% to 60%. Misting the cage daily helps maintain the humidity. Also a bowl of water should be provided and changed daily.
Diet: The Ornate Curly-tailed lizard is an insectivore. They eat insects like crickets, mealworms, small roaches, small phoenix worms, silkworms, butterworms and small superworms. Diurnal lizards need calcium with vitamin D3 added to their food to prevent bone softening but be careful because too much may also be harmful They will also need their food dusted with a reptile vitamin supplement once a week.
Sexing: Although both sexes have a thick neck, the male’s neck tends to be larger. Both genders have a top heavy appearance; however the male is more apparent. The most outstanding appearance of the males is his coloring. When the male is sexually mature he begins to show coloring of red and blue, the red running vertically while the blue shows horizontally, on his sides. He also gets a little blue under his chin, while the females are slender and have no coloring. They also lack the pretty blues and reds.