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Posted by Lightning_Hunter on April 24, 2002 at 01:00:31:
In Reply to: My son found us a lizard. Now how do I keep it alive? =} posted by Ammon on April 23, 2002 at 01:30:04:
first of all, 8 crickets is an awefull lot. I feed mine 2 or 3 large crickets a day. My Alligator lizards are about 11 or 12 inches, so if yours is a lot bigger, then maybe you should feed it more. I always put my crickets in Cricket Dust. This is a fine dust that you drop your crickets in and it coats your crickets in dust. This dust gives the lizard vitamins, calcium, and just makes him healthier. Without some of these vitamins and calcium, your lizard will get very sick. I also feed my crickets special "cricket food" that I bought in a pet store. This makes your crickets very healthy when they eat it, and in return it will make your lizard healthy :)
Make sure you have a UVA and UVB light for the lizard. I bought a flouresent fishtank hood from a pet store and bought a special UVA and UVB light for about $30.00 from a pet store. Alligator lizards will get sick without this as well. Make sure the tank temperature stays at around 70-80 degrees during day, and a little less at night. I bought a heat lamp for this. (I have a flouresent light as well as a heat lamp)
I also bought a night light for the lizard to keep him warm at night. These night lights are red, so that they do not disturb the lizards sleeping patterns. I would definately change the fish tank gravel as soon as you can, because alligator lizards can swallow it and become sick. I use very fine sand that I bought at a pet store for the substrate.
Alligator lizards like to climb (at least mine do) so it would make them happy to stick some logs and sticks in the cage.
All this stuff can be expensive, but in my opinion, it is worth it to keep your alligator lizard healthy and happy. Good luck!