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Ocellatas and insects

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Posted by: Nino at Thu Mar 25 02:31:49 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Nino ]  
   

I've been keeping lizards for a very long time, but I'm new owner of Uromastyx (couple of yearling U. ocellata). Since I have them, I noticed quite unusual behavior: when I'm feeding other lizards in my collection with insects, uros go absolutely mad - banging into front glass and clawing frantically in attempt to reach the insects (giant mealworms especially seem to trigger that kind of behaviour). I have red number of books about both natural history, and keeping requirements of this lizards and I have found very controversial informations regarding feeding them insects. Apparently, ocellatas do eat insects in the wild - they are associated with rocky terrain with accacia trees which they regularly climb to forage. Their body is generally more sleek (especially in males) comparing to other members of the family, so they are more adept in climbing and hunting for insects. Texts about keeping in captivity, however, often claim that no animal protein should be given to them whatsoever, especially in newer books. Whole thing is quite confusing, so I would like to hear does anyone have long term experience in feeding insects to this species?

Best regards,
Nino


   

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