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About the plated lizard, which just came home...

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Posted by: ChaoticCoyote at Tue Oct 26 10:56:08 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ChaoticCoyote ]  
   

Attached is a picture of an unexpected acquisition: the plated lizard I asked about earlier today. I did a bit of research, and thought about it a while, and brought him (or her) home.

This fellow was sold as a "Ugandan Giant Plated Lizard"; I suspect that's not a proper species, given that I find no such beast in any reference. If someone can identify the particular species (and perhaps sex) from the attached photo, I'd appreciate it!

The as-yet-unnamed lizard seemed rather calm as I held it, but I have no idea how docile the species is in general. We're comfortable with iguanas, uros, turtles, and corn snakes, but this is my first plated lizard.

Will plateds eat roaches (we have lots of those, free, in the garage)? They were feeding him crickets at the store (where he'd languished for more than a year "wiuthout anyone ever interested in him," according to a clerk.) I'll try some fruit later, once he's settled...

Any tips or suggestions are welcome; there is basic info on the web, but not a lot of detailed care info.

Thanks!
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