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RE: Horned Lizards in the Classroom???

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Posted by: chalcosoma at Fri Nov 13 16:16:08 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by chalcosoma ]  
   

Thanks for your help. Not sure what species, I'll need to take an ID key to the shop and see. They are supposed to be captive bred babies. The owner reports that they are eating well, but I don't think they are being fed ants. They look chubby and healthy.

I'm going to try your idea of bringing them some ants and seeing if they go for them. There are large red ants all over the schoolyard (today the kids collected some in a plastic box - not sure how they did that without getting stung!). My garden is teeming with big black ants (up to 1/2 inch long!) as well.

Bearded dragon is a good option too, but won't work so well with a mini "ecosystem" as they will eat the plants. Also, the size and number of crickets they need per day could prove problematic in terms of bringing them to school every day, escaped crickets chirping and running around the school, etc. Escaped ants won't be noticed as they are already in every classroom LOL!

UVB lights is no problem, but I am concerned if the horned lizards NEED to have a cooling period or hibernation to stay healthy, and a night-time drop in temperature. Humidity could also be an issue. Do they need very low humidity, under 40%?

Of course if I want to have a lizard the kids can handle I ought to go the leopard gecko or BD route, or maybe frog-eyed gecko.

Cheers,

Michael


   

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