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Uromastyx set up and care ok?

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    Hi, I just got a new uromastyx lizard. His name is Willard Willard is about 8 inches nose to tip of tail and is a saharan uromastyx. I have always loved this species, but never owned one before so I was hoping I could describe my set up and you guys could let me know if I am doing alright. There is so much information online, it is hard to know who’s advice to take.
    Cage: a 40 gallon breeder (36 x 18 x 17) I know he will need more space eventually.
    Substrate: I have a 1/4- 1/2 in layer of white millet.
    Lights: He has a reptisun 10.0 uvb tube, a ceramic heat emitter, and a spot bulb. The basking site is approx. 120 degrees F. The cooler side is in the 80s.
    He has a cave that props up the logs for the basking site, but prefers to sleep under the log and on top of the cave when not basking. I am getting him a cool side hide. When I got him, he seemed dehydrated and slurped from a water dish. Ive been keeping it in because the humidity has stayed low. I have been putting in a food dish when I wake up and adding veggies like endive, spring mix, some collard greens, and warmed frozen veggies. I have also sprinkled some mazuri tortoise pellets now and then. He did not seem to eat anything for the first several days I had him (but at that point I was only able to offer collard greens which I know is unacceptable). Yesterday he pooped and it looked like he may have nibbled on his new and improved salad. Does it sound like I am doing things right? I really want to take good care of him. Please let me know any concerns, tips, or suggestions you may have. Thank you!

  • #2
    Everything sounds great. Good luck keeping him!


    • #3
      He's likely going to get bigger so I would suggest getting a 4ft viv - this will also help with your temperature gradients. Arid species do benefit from having access to a humid area (either burrow or hide) which will help prevent dehydration.

      I would look at varying his diet - uros will eat seeds and dry lentils, I would also try offering flowers and wild plants. There are some good guides for what is suitable. The bigger variety you can provide, the better for the animal
      Abronia ~ Hemidactylus ~ Hemitheconyx ~ Holaspis ~ Paroedura ~ Phelsuma ~ Tribolonotus ~ Tropidophorus ~ Tropiocolotes


      • #4
        Oops, double post!
        Abronia ~ Hemidactylus ~ Hemitheconyx ~ Holaspis ~ Paroedura ~ Phelsuma ~ Tribolonotus ~ Tropidophorus ~ Tropiocolotes