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Corytophanes cristatus and care info


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Posted by rayesreptiles on March 02, 2003 at 23:06:48:

In Reply to: any guesses? posted by Chameleon996 on February 02, 2003 at 11:59:17:

:I know what it is because he is mine but not very many people have ever seen or heard of him.

Imported regularly but don't do all that well because they aren't the easiest lizards to care for. I'm giving the scientific name bacuase the common names are pointless, here is just a short list:

Helmeted Basilisk (its NOT a basilisk!!)
Casque-headed Basilisk
Casque-headed Lizard (most correct)
Helmeted Iguana
Crested Forest Lizard
etc.

I don't usually recomend these animals as pets for three reasons:
1) many are picky eaters and next to impossible to feed
2) their bite is painful, you wouldn't expect such a small lizard to bite very hard (yes, that means they can give you stiiches)
3) their environment is hard to establish in captivity. They need very high humidity to keep from having shedding problems, but must have airflow... relatively hard to do. Once you get these guys settled though (they look really cool in a natural terrarium) they can be long lived and interesting specimens. Give them a couple vertical branches to climb and they will be happy.

Fresh imports generally don't do well, and most are fresh imports generally dehydrated and underfed from lack of correct care, so you have to be ready to provide some medical care straight off as well. If anyone is interested in hearing more about their care, feel free to email me. I don't recomend these guys for beginners (in lizards or in rainforest habitats) but can be an interesting charge for those with the experience to take up the challenge. They have been bred in captivity in the zoo sector, the National Aquarium in Baltimore being well known for their work with them (and you thought they just did dart frogs, lol).



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