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Posted by georgio on April 22, 2003 at 18:44:25:
In Reply to: New to Uro's posted by shyguy4217 on April 22, 2003 at 16:45:04:
1) What is the best beginner Uro?
I would go for a Mali. They are the least expensive, and you should be able to find a captive bred specimen without difficulty. If you just want one as a pet I would get a male as they grow larger and more colorful.
2) Do you know of any reliable places that I can acquire one?
I have not bought from either of these people but have talked with both of them. Doug Dix at Deer Fern Farms: www.deerfernfarms.com and Lindsay Pike of Urotopia: www.urotopia.com. Both are excellent breeders that focus primarily on Uromastyx. You should be able to get a captive bred animal from them as well as have access to excellent phone support after your purchase.
3) Do you have any advice on how to make an enclosure?
I built a custom aquarium (just glass and silicon adhesive) for my Egyptian but if you are going to get an aquarium I would just buy one...they commonly make them big enough for Malis (not so with Egyptians). As far as a melamine or wood enclosure I'll let someone else answer that one.
4) Do you really need UVB lighting(I don't have a problem with it I just was wondering)?
Yes. UVB lighting allows reptiles to produce vitamin D which is essential in assimilating calcium. You should either have a fluorescent UVB light or a mercury vapor bulb.
5) How can I provide 120+F basking spot!
It depends on how you setup your cage. If you have a more contained cage (with a top) people have had success providing an adequate temperature range with lower wattage lights. With an open top cage you will either need a 100 or 150 watt mercury vapor or basking bulb.
Hope that helps,