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RE: WC California Alligator Lizard

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Posted by: FunkyRes at Thu Jun 29 02:14:13 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FunkyRes ]  
   

I found a nice male on my way home from the grocery store (on foot). I saw his wide head, and thus suspected he was a male - when I picked him up, he defecated on me and his hemipenises stuck out - confirming his sex. Then he managed to wriggle his body forward enough to get my pinky with his bite - reminding me of how powerful the jaws of a male can be. He did not draw any blood though, I don't think he gave me the full power.

I'm going to let him go now - sorry, no pictures. I contemplated keeping him to breed with my female next season (why I even brought him home), but I'm sure I can find a male next season if I do want to breed her next season.

The more I think about it, the more I don't think I will. If she lays this year I will have to care for the young until they are large enough that I can entrust them to others (eating large crickets), but baybe lizards are a lot more work than baby snakes, they are far more fragile and need vitamins and lighting etc. - I'll decide next season if I want to find her a mate. Otherwise, since they seem to be communal, I'll just find her a female for a cage mate.

I'd love to have another San Bernadino variety - the one I found in Crestline CA years ago was the most beautiful alligator lizard I had ever seen.


   

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