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Leiocephalus personatus ssp

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Posted by: jasonw at Thu Apr 28 10:17:12 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jasonw ]  
   

Animal Description:
Colorful, beautiful, and active, Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards can make entertaining pets. Their interesting antics and lovely appearances are quite pleasing both to their keepers and people who observe these lizards in the wild.

Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards are adaptable and can be found in habitats ranging from open forests to sandy beach areas, though they are usually not seen above altitudes of 1,850 feet. When they are disturbed or frightened, they will whip their tails about or curl them up. Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards are terrestrial and many males are territorial, so males should not be kept together. They feed on insects, and are usually active during the day. Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards tend to be quick and can be hard to hold, but are often entertaining to watch because of their high activity level.

The Jewelled Curly-tail Lizard can grow to about ten inches (25 centimeters) in length. These lovely lizards have reddish tails and their bodies tend to be brightly colored with red, black, blue, yellow, green, or orange shades. They have a mostly black background color dorsally, and they have a black mask. Coloration is variable and no two lizards are exactly the same. The scales over the backs of Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards are large, keeled, and overlapping. A small dorsal crest is present. The tails of these lizards are usually longer than the lizard's total body length.

Jewelled Curly-Tail Lizards are also called Masked Curly-tail Lizards. They are native to northern areas of Haiti. There are several subspecies of Jewelled Curly-tail Lizard. The nominant subspecies was first noted in 1862 by Cope.


Specific Care Information: Relative Care Ease: Relatively Easy
Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards thrive under dryer conditions, though medium humidity environments can also be appropriate. A 20-gallon-long terrarium with a deep substrate will work well for one or two lizards. The top layers of the substrate should be dry, and the bottom layer should be slightly damp. Full spectrum UV lighting is recommended. Ambient daytimeTemperatures should be about 85 degrees Fahrenheit with a basking spot about 95 degrees. At night the temperature should be in the low to mid 70s. It is best not to keep two males in the same enclosure. Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards should be fed a variety of insects. Some may accept fruit in small quantities.



Breeding and Propagation: Relative Breeding Ease: Uncertain
Jewelled Curly-tail Lizards are oviparous.

All this info was found on the first lik on the URL I posted. I believe it answers all of your questions but the breeding part but seeing as I just skimed through it I could have missed more.
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