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Posted by Ryan on March 31, 2002 at 00:53:58:
In Reply to: Many many questions bout alligator lizards, im a novice. posted by KC on March 25, 2002 at 22:34:03:
This is what I would say about the ones here in the bay area of california.
: 1.)How big do they get? about a foot, some smaller and some a little longer with the tail and all.
: 2.)what do they eat? any insects they can swallow, very small mice, and I have seen one in the wild eating another alligator lizard so be careful.
: 3.)what do i use for a cage? i have heard a ten gallon would be fine, but the bigger the better
: 4.)are they a swift, nervous lizard? from my experience the young ones are pretty nervous, jumpy, and quick, but the older ones tend to be slower and they would rather just bite then run.
: 5.)what do i use for substrate?paper towels, carpet, sand like grit stuff, pretty much anything that won't harm them if swallowed and that doesn't have toxic fumes or anything.
: 6.) What are the heat/humidity requirements? the ones i have dealt with do fine with any temps from 65-90, but I would say the best temps for the ones around here are 75 degrees to 80 degrees and at night 60-75 degrees.
: 7.)are they difficult to care for? they eat a lot but are not hard to take care of. they may get boring especially if they bite too much and don't like being handled. But most, especially the adults adapt to captive life.
the colors of the ones around here are just brownish, greyish color with black, white, grey, and or brown checkered like pattern.