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Posted by nathan619 on August 09, 2002 at 03:14:27:
In Reply to: Chile, i know one that fits that description posted by 59herps on August 07, 2002 at 19:59:15:
:This is a picture of a Liolaemus tenuis, a very colorful and varied lizard from Chile. At one time they were imported with some consistancy. They are 5-7 inches at adult size and feel rather smooth. They are sometimes called rainbow snow swifts or merely a snow swift.
That's pretty close, but it's back legs weren't blue and there wasn't much (if any) yellow. Also they had several when I bought it and they were all selling for $35, sometime in the late 80's.So if that is the same species it looks like I got a great bargain. It was a very active and fascinating little lizard.
I miss snow swifts and "drool swifts too, there just isn't enough interest in small lizards these days. If you can't breed it to have 100 different color variations or albinos they are't popular. I miss natural ball pythons and leopard geckos. I miss studying reptiles instead of breeding popular ones for cash. I would rather watch wild herps in the field anyday than see the newest exciting hatchlings that have a more tangerine tint than their ancestors. I miss keeping a large cohabitat and not being scolded by every "herpetologist" that hears about it. I used too think that keeping 3 species together that would live happily was amazing, but now everyone says "co-habitaion = bad" before they even research te species in question. And I'm rambling and I think I'll stop before the hepetological society goes back in time and scolds me for my former tank mates.