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Posted by Ray on May 23, 2002 at 05:47:41:
In Reply to: Re: cage temp. for desert lacerta lizards posted by KimDrgn on May 14, 2002 at 18:12:45:
Try a range of 80-95 degrees F. The basking spot can even be raised to 100 degrees for some species, but be careful. Be sure to provide a temperature variation. Night temps in the 60s should not be a problem, but 70 would be ideal.
I once had a small lacerta that I was sold for $15.00, and the best the pet store could do was label it a desert lacerta. I kept mine for several years and it thrived. Had it in a ten gallon tank with a 65 watt spot lamp over one end. Substrate was a reptile matt. The animal had a hide box in the cool end of its tank and a rock to sit on under the spot lamp. Other than a water bowl, that was it.
One thing I would like to mention; in my experience, many small lacertas are very nervous.
: Do you know the actual name of the species, not just the common one? Sorry, just hate to guess as to what you've actually got and give you the wrong temps- don't want to cook him!LOL