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Identifying species ?

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Posted by: ravenspirit at Tue Feb 27 19:13:58 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ravenspirit ]  
   

I recently purchased a trio of plated lizards, that look just like these -

http://ownersfish.fc2web.com/lizards/lizards/06-lizards/06-06-30oni-01-01.jpg
http://ownersfish.fc2web.com/lizards/lizards/06-lizards/06-06-30oni-01-03.jpg
http://ownersfish.fc2web.com/lizards/lizards/06-lizards/06-06-30oni-02-02.jpg

The male is larger and has a good amount of orange on his side like the first one, (mine is actually a little more orange) and has a bulkier head, and the other 2 are more olive there like the 2 photos below.

Now, My first and main question is, what species are these ? They were sold as "giant plated lizards", which I am sure they are not, and from the reading I have done I have come up with 2 possable species - Gerrhosaurus major bottegoi or Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus - Though, I can't figure out which they are ?

Nigrolineatus seems in some photos I have seen to have a slimmer snout and smaller girth, but in others...well, they look similar. I can not find much/any info on either species.

They are currently being kept in a large vision cage with sand/dirt sudstrate, 4 hides, some fake cactus plants to breat up sight lines, a medium sized water croc, with a temp around 75 on the cool side and 102 under the basking shelf. They have a desert UVB light. Is this good/ok ? I wormed them the first day I recieved them, and have fed them crickets and superworms a few times so far, which they seem to relish, but they have not touched the greens or fruits like grapes and paypaya offered daily. They are very docile, and while the 2 of them wiggle a but when picked up, all three are calm enough to handle freely.

Any information, or experiances people have had with this species, whatever it may be would be appreciated. Thanks -


   

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